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Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) awardee Joal Cocjin, reminded Catandunganon youth of their potential as leaders during his acceptance speech at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall on Monday, July 20.

            The SK Caragñag President accepted through SP Resolution 379-2020 which recognizes his triumph in the COVID-19 Video Report Contest by the National Youth Commission OCRV, along with a Php 50,000 check.

“We may be too young, but we are powerful. We may be too young, but we are never too young to make a difference. Gusto kong [isipin], that this will serve as an inspiration to our fellow Catandunganon youth,” he said.

He added that being from the province is not an obstacle to being an effective youth leader and being recognized by the national government.

“But no, being an islander, being a probinsyano is not an exception to make a difference”,  Cocjin stressed.

The SK president noted that they ran through numerous difficulties during the implementation of their project, especially when the Department of the Local and Interior Government alleged that they violated quarantine protocols.

“Pero sabi namin, “Kung titigil kami, kung magpapa-apekto kami, paano na ‘yung mga kababayan namin na umaasa sa amin?” That is why we have… didn’t stop. That is why it served as an inspiration for us to keep going,” he added.

Cocjin is also set to launch two more projects, Caharubay: A Community Learning Hub, and Project Kababata: Kalinga sa Bawa’t Bata, to assist the education of the youth sector as COVID-19.



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