Students from different colleges and universities in Camarines Norte expressed collective support to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. for championing the welfare of the youth.
This developed as Marcos held a dialogue on Tuesday, 30 September 2014, with the students held at the auditorium of the Camarines Norte State College regarding the reforms of the Sangguniang Kabataan that he is pushing in the Senate.
In a letter to Marcos, the students said they “firmly support all the worthy endeavors and efforts of Hon. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. towards the development and upliftment of the Welfare of the Filipino youth.”
The letter was signed and read aloud by the students of different schools in the province who participated in the dialogue. They expressed admiration for the untiring service and dedication of the senator to address students’ concerns and issues and the general public in general.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, has been conducting talks with students in universities around the country in order to get their input on how to reform the SK.
“I have been going around and talking to the youth because I believe they know what is best for them. Gusto ko mga kabataan mismo ang magsabi sa akin kung ano ang nakikita nilang dapat na reporma para pagandahin ang SK. Kaya nandito ako para pakinggan kayo,” he told the student-participants.
During the dialogue, Marcos explained that his three main proposals to improve the present youth council are the creation of a youth development council at the city, municipal and provincial levels; expanding the present 15-17 age range to 15-30; and mandatory and continuing skills training and value formation for SK members.
Marcos also answered questions from the audience ranging from the lack of honorarium for SK council members to assurance of an incorruptible SK official.
“Simple lang naman; walang honorarium kasi walang pondo ang gobyerno. Paano masisiguro na matino ang SK officials? You must vote wisely. ‘Wag ninyong ibenta ang inyong boto, ‘wag nyo iboto ang kandidato dahil kamag-anak n’yo siya o kaibigan n’yo. Ang iboto ninyo ay ang sa tingin ninyo ay matalino, masipag, may dedikasyon at handang manglingkod sa kabataan,” he said.