December 5, 2022

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The local government has institutionalized the participation and involvement of the youth sector in the crafting and monitoring of the policies of the municipality.
The municipal council approved Ordinance 342, s. 2021, or the Local Youth Development Council Ordinance to promote and protect the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and social well-being of the Bontoc youth and to inculcate in them the value of patriotism and to encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.
To ensure wide and multi-sectoral participation in local governance, the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) was created.
The LYDC shall be composed of 21 members including the president and vice president of the SK and shall be supported by 19 other representatives from the various youth sectors.
It shall serve as the core of the advocacy on youth participation in nation-building and youth empowerment; and finalize, monitor, and evaluate the local youth development plan.
There shall also be a local youth development office which shall be headed by a local youth development officer and provided with four staff members.
Mayor Franklin Odsey approved the ordinance, which is awaiting the approval of the provincial board.
“The youth plays a vital role in nation-building. They need to be given more opportunity to be involved in the municipality’s policymaking to encourage their participation in our programs,” he said. – Christy Mae F. Che-es and Alpine K. Malwagay