VIGAN CITY — Student-leaders from various secondary schools in the province of Ilocos Sur served as “little officials” for a day as they observed and performed their respective counterparts’ functions as well as their duties and responsibilities on November 12.
Ferdinand Concepcion, provincial social welfare and development officer, said the provincial government has been holding the little officials and department heads program for eight years now as part of the annual observance of the National Children’s Month.
“It is meant primarily to familiarize the youth on the various offices of the provincial government, its services and projects, and how it runs as an organization led by the governor, vice governor, provincial board members, and the department heads and staff,” he said in an interview.
On Tuesday, Provincial Administrator Cara Michelle Tabios gave a tour for the little leaders where they visited the different departments of the provincial government and national government agencies housed at the Capitol while orienting them of the offices’ programs and services.
This aids the youth to better understand the management and operations of the provincial government and national government agencies.
As part of the observance of the 27th National Children’s Month, employees of the provincial government and national government agencies also recite the “Panatang Makabata,” a solemn oath on the promotion and protection of the rights of a child during flag ceremony every Mondays of November.
The theme for this year’s National Children’s Month celebration is “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan.”