DAGUPAN CITY – More than 50 Grade 9  students from the public and private schools attended a leadership training seminar held at the city plaza starting June 11 till June 14.

This is in preparation for the  “Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran” (MYK), the city’s program which allows young students to serve as young city officials who will perform the duties of their elder counterparts for two weeks.

Several discussions about transformational leadership, public morality, the city’s challenges, and parliamentary procedures were tackled during the seminar.

An election will be held after the leadership training. Those who will be elected, along with the appointed young officials, will take their oath of office during the city’s celebration of its 71st Founding Anniversary called “Agew na Dagupan” on June 20.

A total of 57 students are expected to serve as city’s young officials on June 18 to 29.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her message, expressed her hopes that her initiatives for the youth will create a positive effect among them, saying: “If I do something good to the youth, they will do the same to others when they grow up. What’s important is that you are passionate and compassionate as you have a say in the future of the city.”

Fernandez also urged the students to help with the city’s program on mental health as depression is one of the challenges that the youth are struggling with, which is tagged as one of the leading causes of suicide.

“I don’t want the youth to commit suicide. We already took measures in resolving bullying cases before. Now, we want to (address) the problems of depression. You can help since you are part of the youth. Let us know if you find your friends or classmates showing symptoms of depression, we will send our help.” said Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)