To build better communities for the nation, the Department of Education (DepED) enjoined student-leaders across the country to work together towards a common goal.
“As I say, the youth are done waiting for the world to change and the world is now waiting for the youth to change it,” said DepED Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs and Special Concerns Dexter A. Galban during the recently-concluded nationwide virtual elections for the National Federation of Supreme Student Governments (NFSSG) for SY 2022-2023.
Highlighting the significance of establishing a strong group of student representation, Galban noted that the SSG is the highest student governing body and the foremost co-curricular student organization to run and implement relevant programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) in schools across the country.
“I encourage you all to keep learning, to keep working together, and to keep inspiring one another to build better communities for our nation,” Galban added.
During the elections, Rhanier John M. Reyes from Los Baños Senior High School in Laguna was elected as President along with other student leaders in a virtual election conducted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs and Special Concerns-Youth Formation Division (OASYASC-YFD).
The other elected officers were Jester DJ. Manalo – Vice President (Region III-Gapan City), Shayne Khietly D. Mellijor – Secretary (CARAGA-Butuan City), Allen Kate A. Llenarisas – Treasurer (Region V-Camarines Norte), Jesseree P. Alcover – Auditor (Region VII-Carcar City), Maxene Alliyah C. Malabad – Public Information Officer (Region II-City of Ilagan), and Datu Farouk Ampatuan – Protocol Officer (BARMM-Cotobato City).
This year’s election was participated in by the 17 RFSSG Presidents nationwide, who in turn nominated their candidates for a particular position (Vice President, Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, Public Information Officer (PIO), and Protocol Officer).
Galban said added that through the SSGs and SPGs, “we lay down the groundwork for good governance, volunteerism, participatory governance, democracy, responsible servant-leadership, collaboration, and the inculcation of essential values” espoused by the DepEd --- particularly “being Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa.”