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Dagupan youth trained on LGU duties.

Some 60 Grade 9 learners from public and private schools in the city will learn first-hand the duties and responsibilities of local government officials as they undergo training from them under the Manlinkor Ya Kalangweran (MYK) program this August 13 to 16.

MYK is a yearly program of Dagupan City government and the Department of Education (DepEd) Dagupan City Schools Division that trains top students to become youth leaders, and give them an opportunity to become counterparts of the city officials.

Augusto Mejia, one of the training facilitators, said the youth in service will officially take their oath of office on Tuesday before Mayor Brian Lim.

Elected as young city mayor (counterpart of Lim) is Frenzy Mae De Vera of St. John Cathedral School (SJCS), while Sander Khen Mirador of Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS) was elected as young city vice mayor.

The young councilors are Marianne Joy Vidal of SJCS, Ma. Diana Casaclang (St. Albert the Great School), Allen Ruth Cayago (DCNHS), Thiana Herizz Perez (DCNHS), Arif Javier (DCNHS), Jasmine Kaye Mendoza (Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Technical-Vocational Secondary School or JJDVSTVSS), Beneil Dela Cruz (DCNHS), Angelica Barte (Bonuan Boquig National High School), Louisse Andrei Tuates (Dominican School), Klitschka Sandrine Gomez (DCNHS), Darrel Angela Ferrer (DCNHS), and Ardie Mararac (JJDVSTVSS).

Jobert Cruz of DCNHS will serve as young city administrator; Sophia Bianca Fabia of Mother Goose Special Science High School as young city DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) officer; Jastine Mae Diaz of Lyceum Northwestern University-FQD as young city police chief; Julen Rica de Vera of Carael Integrated School as young fire marshal; Siena Gotos of Salapingao National High School as young Comelec (Commission on Elections) officer; and Shaira Allapitan of Escuela de Nuestra Senora de la Salette as young city warden.

Others will serve as young officers assigned to the various city departments and offices.

Prior to assumption of their counterpart's position, the MYKs, or youth in service, underwent a leadership training from August 5-7 at the City Museum here, facilitated by the DepEd Dagupan in partnership with JCI (Jaycees Incorporated) Dagupan Bangus and JCI Dagupan.

In the past years, the MYKs were inducted in June 20 of each year, the city's founding anniversary.

Since no MYK was organized this June, Lim immediately directed the organization of MYK when he assumed office last month.

The MYK was launched in 2003 by the late mayor Benjamin Lim, the mayor's father. Its original name was Ogogaw Ya Manlingkor. The Pangasinan words Kalanweran and Ogogaw both mean youth

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Date:Aug 8, 2019
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