BY: CHERRY JOY D. GARMA
LAOAG CITY – Hundreds of Ilocano youth joined the summer leadership camp spearheaded by the Ilocos Norte provincial government held at Dungon-dungon estate in Burgos town of this province.
Aspiring leaders took the five-day challenge in a mountainous landscape consisting of intensive workshop and hands-on training on leadership skills.
Basic parliamentary procedures were also tackled by resource speakers from Metro Manila and Ilocos Norte.
June Arvin C. Gudoy, Communication and Media Office (CMO) head in Ilocos Norte, said the free summer camp aims to develop future leaders in Ilocos Norte who may someday lead their fellow Ilocanos.
“We hope that participants will be able to appreciate more the province of Ilocos Norte and lead fellow youth in the barangay, town or school they are in,” Gudoy said.
The first batch of campers consisting of 100 students culminated last April 11 which was immediately followed by a larger group composed of 500 youth for the second batch. The second batch started on April 12 and ended on April 16.
Marc Stephen Suppiah, one of the campers from the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City said he will forever treasure the lessons he gained from the experience.
“I will not regret joining this training. This summer 2014 is the most exciting, happiest summer ever in my life. SIRIB Ilocos Norte bileg ti masakbayan (Strength for the future),” he said.
Sirib leadership camp was organized by the province’s budding voluntary youth organization “Sirib Express” (Power Express).
Established last year, the organization aims to empower the Ilocano youth to be the future’s great leaders that will be an inspiration to the next generation.
It occupies some of the province’s core programs such as the distribution of the province’s official publication “Paspas Dur-as” (Rapid Success), the Sirib Express services to different schools in Ilocos Norte, scholarship programs and other fun services for the youth.
Recently, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has executed an order creating for the establishment of the Sirib Express main office in the provincial capitol. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)