By Edward B. Antonio
VIGAN CITY – “One team, one dream.”
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Mika Singson Mendoza, chairman of the Provincial Board Committee on Family, Social Services, Sports and Youth Development announced the creation of the Ilocos Sur Sports Development Council (SDC) as a centralized board to oversee the development of sports in the province, during a Kapihan Iti Amianan The Orig media forum at the Kabarkadz Youth Center here this weekend.
“It is a One Team One Dream policy so that sports development here is not just the responsibility of one or two persons especially now that we are about to host the Palarong Pambansa. We are just waiting for the budget so we can start,” she said.
Mendoza, also dubbed as the “Puso ti Probinsia,” said that with the dismal showing of Ilocos Sur athletes in the last Batang Pinoy segment held at the Quirino Stadium last month, this ordinance which she sponsored will eventually turn things around as the ordinance is programmed to tap national trainers and nutritionists among others to help Ilocos Sur athletes “level up” and be more competitive.
Still on youth development, Mendoza also announced that she and SPM Pablito Sanidad, Jr., have sponsored a resolution creating the Local Youth Development Office (LYDO) to look after the welfare of the youth in the province in lieu of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) now stalled due to the “wrongdoings” of some SKs.
“We could have corrected these wrongdoings because the young generation especially the OSYs will go wayward if they don’t have activities. To beef up the maturity of the SK leaders, the SK Reform Act has raised the SK membership from 15 to 17 to 18-24 years old,” she said.
She said that the Provincial Board has invited the National Youth Commission (NYC) to orient them on the rudiments and functions of the LYDO which will be created in every municipality to cater to the needs of the youth.
Mendoza also announced the increase in the benefits of Early Child Development (ECD) workers saying these workers are undergoing training to develop the children in the community.
“Training and taking care of our children is also an investment because they will soon take over us. This is also one way of strengthening the family as our most basic unit of the society. That’s why these ECD’s will soon have their own plantilla in their barangay,” she said.
She also stressed the importance of strengthening family values because this is the best way to eliminate problems such as rape and sexual harassment and sexual abuse among the youth and children.
“If these children will grow with a strong family foundation and grow up with all these family values, there will no longer be problems on drugs, sexual abuse or violence against women and children; so it’s always best to go back to the family basics,” she said. #