VIGAN CITY—Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member (SPM) Mika Singson Mendoza, Chairman of the Committee on Women and Youth, Sports and Social Services has announced, among others, that the provincial board has already approved the ordinance that grants monetary incentives to athletes, to include their coaches, who win in regional, national and international competitions, during a press meeting held in her office at the Kabarkada Youth Center in this city, August 18.
“The provincial board has approved the awarding of incentives to the winning sports coaches, too, because they also work hard for their athletes to win,” she said.
As chairman of the youth committee, she said that she is bent on developing sports programs for the youth so that they will not resort to drugs.
She also said that among the incoming projects which the provincial board has approved are the construction of a Bahay Pag-asa (Shelter of the Youth) for delinquent minors and an P84-M worth of a rehabilitation center as there are already more than 4,000 drug surrenderees (users and pushers) and where drug addicts can be rehabilitated.
“This Bahay Pag-asa will also have psychologists and psychiatrists to assist these children while the construction of the rehabilitation center is in line with the current government program in its war against drugs,” she said.
As chairman of the Committee on Youth, Mendoza plans to tap the elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials after the elections this October, but she said she will take the cudgels from her sister, Gabz, the former SK Federated Chairman of the province, a multi-awarded youth leader, proponent of the Gawad Mena and the Gawad Titong Awards.
“Gabz is one of my inspirations why I am here and her experiences and expertise in leading the SK will help me a lot in developing the leadership potentials of the SKs in our province so they can serve their mandate as the hope of our Fatherland,” she said.
She doesn’t favor any postponement of the incoming SK Elections, where registered voters aged 15-30 can vote, so that the voice of the youth will be heard.
As for the welfare and protection of the youth and women in the province, she plans to create a 24-hour hotline where abused children and women may call and seek help.
“Aside from this, the provincial board has approved already the livelihood trainings for women to become more productive and the unification of women associations in the province. However, these are still approved plans as the board’s discussions these days are focused on sports,” she said.#