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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Kalinga youth ambassador rallies support for 'yes to autonomy'

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Speaking before the public during the Kalinga provincial kick-off of the 36th Cordillera month celebration, the province’s bet for Mr. Cordillera Youth Autonomy Ambassador 2023 urged the youth sector to join the leaders in pushing for the realization of Cordillera Autonomous Region.

Said search, according to Mr. Cordillera Youth Autonomy Ambassador 2022 Shawn Michael A. Barila, is not the ideal beauty pageant but an advocacy program of the Regional Development Council that intends to increase a participation of youth in the campaign on the pursuit of self-rule that the leaders had been fighting for, for over three decades now.

“The RDC believes in the important role of the youth in the discussions for regional autonomy not only because the benefits of autonomy is due to redound to them but also in recognition of the fact that a big number of registered voters who will vote for autonomy belongs to the youth sector,” added Barila.

It is with said purpose that Godwin B. Bomosao from Pangol and Mangali, Tanudan stepped to the sector’s frontline to advocate for the same.

“As your representatives for the Mr. and Ms. Cordillera Youth Ambassadors for Autonomy, we envision ourselves advocating for our cause and convincing our kakailyan to actively participate in the quest of our much-awaited regional autonomy,” he said.

Bomosao, joined by Miss Kalinga 2023 - Angelina Lhodievin Dupaya, will compete with other representatives from other provinces during the coronation night on July 14 in Luna, Apayao.

They are being assisted by the provincial committee for the said search led by Chairpersons – Provincial Tourism Officer Lorraine Ngao-i and Provincial Director of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Atty. Catherine Gayagay Apaling.


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