CITY OF MALOLOS – Putting his trust and confidence to more or less 4,000 newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in Bulacan, Senator Joel Villanueva considered the return of the SK as an opportunity for the youth to prove that they are the hope of the nation.
“Naniniwala ako na ang ating mga SK chairman at SK kagawad ay worthy manalo at lubhang may magagawa upang maimpluwensyahan para sa kabutihan ang ating mga kabataan,” Villanueva, the guest of honor, said.
The SK officials took their oath to fulfill their responsibilities to serve their barangay and their fellow youth during the “Sabayang Panunumpa sa Tungkulin ng mga Bagong Halal na Sangguniang Kabataan” held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city today.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy–Alvarado explained to the young public servants the role that they will face as they enter a new chapter in their life.
“Sa kasalukuyang panahon, ang Sangguniang Kabataan ang magiging lunduyan ng pagbabago upang muling magningning ang matingkad na sining at sinag ng mga kabataan at tanglawan ang lipunan na nababalot ng kadilimang likha ng samu’t-saring karamdamang kanyang tinataglay,” Alvarado said.
He added that the youths of today are fortunate because they can now enroll and achieve their education for free.
“Mapalad po kayo sa panahong ito, malaya na ang mga kabataan hindi tulad noon. Libre na ang edukasyon, mula elementarya, sekondarya, tertiary, public colleges and universities sa buong bansa na kung saan ito po ay kasama na sa saligang batas,” the governor said.
Also, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito believed that SK chairmen and councilors are the ones that could handle the ‘change’ that will start from them.
Meanwhile, Robert John Nicolas, the new SK Federation President of Bulacan, felt blessed and honored that he took his oath with his colleagues.
“Siyempre sa dami ng kabataan, ako ‘yung napiling tumayo bilang president ng lahat, at syempre responsibility ko ‘rin ‘yon na ‘yong boses nila ipaparinig ko, hindi lamang sa mga kasama ko, kung hindi pati na rin sa buong lalawigan,” Nicolas said.
He also called on all SK officials to practice unity, which plays an important role in the development of society.
“Ang isipin natin sama-sama tayo, isang kabataan tayong lahat, tulungan tayo at siguradong magiging progresibo ang ating pagkakaupo,” Nicolas added.