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VIGAN CITY—The Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, Inc. welcomed the year 2019 with the youth leaders of Ilocos Sur through 19nite: Redefining Your Advocacy last January 12, 2019 at Baluarte, Vigan City, in partnership with Ilocos Sur Board Member Mika Mendoza. A total of 66 youth leaders from 13 different schools attended the program. 19nite aims to encourage the participants to not just have a Tsinelas brand of leadership just like the late Sec. Jesse Robredo, but also have their own advocacies that will help serve their communities better.


The morning session started with welcoming messages from Ilocos Sur Board Member Mika Mendoza, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson through Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Janina Joyce Tapios, and Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Jeremias Singson. To introduce the Tsinelas leadership, Hazel Duya of JMRF identified the notable characteristics of Sec. Jesse Robredo. The invited student leaders from Gerry Roxas Foundation, Joseph Tablizo and Marielle Alemania, also shared their personal leadership journeys and further emphasized on the importance of advocacies in being a leader.


Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Mendoza opened the afternoon session with an inspirational message, focusing on the role of the government in helping the leaders with their advocacy campaigns. To further inspire the participants to find their personal advocacies, Mr. Vince Liban, National Convener of Philippine Anti-Discrimination Alliance of Youth Leaders (PANTAY), addressed the need to understand the importance of gender equality within our country. Meanwhile, Mr. Jarvin Tan, Director for Research of Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc., and Ms. Dhanika Garcia, Deputy Executive Director for Operations of Mental Health PH, discussed the status of mental health awareness in the Philippines. The three speakers entertained questions from the participants right after. The program ended with Ms. Sharra Elep’s synthesis, emphasizing the role of the youth in nation-building.

Tsinelas Youth Leadership Forum - Ilocos Sur

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By: Sharra Elep