CITY OF MALOLOS – Undersecretary Ryan R. Enriquez, Chairman and CEO of the National Youth Commission, was in awe after seeing more than 5,000 Bulakenyo youths have shown support in a government program during the Hakbang Para sa Kabataan 2019 held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium earlier today.
Coming from two points, Malolos Sports and Convention Center and Barasoain Church, thousands of youth showed no exhaustion upon reaching the gymnasium to attend the program.
“Sa dami ng lalawigang nalibot ko, ngayon lang ako nakakita na sobra-sobra ang umattend sa isang government program, nakikita dito kung gaano kaaktibo ang mga kabataang Bulakenyo,” Enriquez said.
He also shared some of the programs that have pushed through due to the efforts of Bulacan.
“Ang Bulacan ang nagsilbing inspirasyon sa National Youth Commission sa pagtataguyod ng panukalang pagbubuo ng pagbubuo ng Local Youth Development Council sa bawat bayan at lungsod, at pagbabalangkas ng Local Youth Development Plan na nagbunga ng pagbuo ng LYDC sa mga probisyon ng SK Reform Act of 2015,” Enriquez added.
Enriquez also shared the existing benefits for the youth that the young Bulakenyos can avail such as Government Internship Program with 70% allowance not exceeding the minimum wage, student loans, and no document fees for first time job applicants including NBI clearance and birth certificate among others.
For his part, Gov. Daniel R. Fernando stressed that everyone in the community has a role to play in nation building as long as everyone is willing to do so.
“Maging mapanagutan tayo sa lahat ng bagay. Magsumikap tayong pagandahin ang ating mga kinabukasan, dahil kayo ang magiging gabay ng mga susunod na kabataan, may magagawa kayo, lagi ninyong tatandaan,” Fernando said.
Meanwhile, raffle winners from the tickets sold to raise funds for Bulakenyo athletes and out-of-school youths were Section 10-Humility from Obando National High School who won P50,000 for the first prize; Section 7-Cosmos from Rosario High School in Angat who took home P30,000 for the second prize; Section 9-Magiliw from Santa Maria National High School who received P20,000 for the third prize and Section 2-Harrison from San Ildefonso National High School with P10,000 cash prize for fourth prize. Also, a consolation prize worth P5,000 each were given to four individual winners.
Some of the schools that supported the program include Bulacan State University, Centro Escolar University, La Consolacion University – Philippines, Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School, City of Malolos Integrated Schools of Canalate, Catmon, Atlag and Santo Rosario, TESDA Bulacan, Bulihan National High School, ABE International Business College, and AMA Computer Learning Center among others.