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Governor Joseph C. Cua imparts words of encouragement to Catandunganon youth leaders during the 1st Catanduanes Youth Forum.


Governor Joseph C. Cua in his message during the 1st Catanduanes Youth Forum and Ball encouraged the youth leaders to live up their dreams but never forget to think about the possible outcome before doing something.

“I believe that this event will leave a mark for the youth to be responsible as they weigh things when choosing their decisions and never surrender in what they believe in life” Gov. Cua said.

“Habang kamo mga aki pa, gibuhon nindo an gabos na saindong makakaya para makatabang sa saindong mga pamilya asin sa pag-uswag nin satong probinsiya,” he stressed adding that, they should also enjoy life being young while they still have the freedom.

Youth leaders from the eleven municipalities join the 1st Youth Forum and Ball which aims to empower the youth sector.


As the local chief executive, he assured the youth of implementing worthwhile programs and activities that will empower the youth sector as he likewise commended the efforts of the organizers of the event considering that it contributed a lot to the development of Catandunganon youth that would help the province in its pursuit for change and progress.

Around 200 youth from the eleven municipalities actively joined the gathering on February 13 at Virac Sports Center which was both sponsored by PBM Joseph Al Randie B. Wong, SP Committee Chair on Youth and Sports Development and PBM Vincent V. Villaluna, SP Committee Chair on Tourism and Women, Family, Disabled and Elderly.

Aimed at tackling the needs, concerns, and problems being experienced of our today’s youth, the forum likewise intended to foster camaraderie, share experiences and know what and who really the Catandunganon youth are as averred by PBM Villaluna.

PBM Vincent V. Villaluna promise the youth leaders of a day of fun, entertainment and worthwhile activities. 


“You have to enjoy your life, maximize everything and be the best that you can be and be a good service provider to your community,” Villaluna highlighted in his message.

PBM Wong appreciated the youth who participated in the forum as he hoped that they have learned something worthwhile.

He assured the youth of their help and support together with the provincial government, the social welfare and development office in the province and their respective municipalities if ever they will be encountering problems or abuse.

PBM Joseph Al Randie B. Wong expresses gratitude to all the guest speakers who showed support and the youth who actively participated in the event


“Tayo pong mga kabataan, sana itatak sa ating isipan at sa ating puso, there’s always a bright future ahead of you” said PBM Wong.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Shirley A. Abundo told the youth to be responsible in return of the trust that is being given to them by their parents.

With the upcoming barangay and SK elections, Vice Governor Abundo also reminded the youth to be wise voters.

“Prove to be wise voters. Maging matalino sa pagpapaupo ng taong nararapat. The future is in your hands…paano niyo aalagaan ang Catanduanes sa maabot na panahon, so ngayon pa lang act responsibly,” she said.

Other guest speakers who were invited to the forum shared their experiences in life to inspire and motivate the youth, like Engr. Ivan Anton Tabo, President of Catanduanes Provincial Federation of PWD, Ms. Jodith Cleo Atole, a daughter of an OFW, and Ms. Glenda Alcantara, an OFW mother.

One of the guest speakers receives certificate of appreciation after sharing her experiences in life to inspire and motivate the youth.


Meanwhile, Atty. Louie Guerrero, Dr. Geraldine Rojas, Mr. Genesis Efondo from the religious and business sector and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Rosella Taraya talked about certain topics intended to raise awareness on the rights and responsibilities of the youth and their development.


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