Tagum City – 77 accredited youth organizations in the city partnered up with the City Government of Tagum through the Tagum City Youth Development Office in celebrating this year’s Youth Festival for the whole month of May.
Tagumenyo youths rendered a concert-like opening salvo during the launching of the Youth Festival last May 3 at the city hall atrium for selected delegates. This is to ensure that the minimum health standards are strictly followed and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In his speech, Mayor Allan L. Rellon encouraged the youth to move forward and to connect not just to their fellow youth but also to adults to become useful citizens of the country. “To the young ones, we need your dynamism as a source of our inspiration to continue on serving the people”, he also added.
It can be recalled that the Youth Festival is part of the City Ordinance called Code of Festivals which was signed last 2019. This means that the city is mandated to allocate budget for the said festival every year, warranting the sustainability of the festivity. Due to the pandemic, all contests and/or programs shall be done through online platform.
Some of this year’s activities include forum on digital advancements, dance supremacy battle, vlog tours on schools, upscaling arts and crafts, mangrove tree planting and clean up drive, short film contest, and many more.
Meanwhile, Governor Edwin Jubahib rewarded 29 youth organizations with 10,000 pesos each for their project proposals screened by the TCYDO. The cash assistance shall be used to fund their projects for the youth during the month-long run of the festival.
Other than the local chief executive, the grand launching was also attended by youth leaders, Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo and the 8th City Council, and some LGU employees. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum