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Youth senators want to be part of legislative delegations

THE 17th Youth Congress on Saturday passed a bill that would allow its members to join the legislative delegations of their respective senatorial districts.

Youth Congress Speaker Dawno Jade Manglona Agbayani, Floor Leader Cielo Citlalli Long and Youth Sen. Shannea Mae J. Dino approved Youth Congress Bill 17-3 “to include additional members to the legislative delegation from the CNMI Youth Congress as voting members of their respective delegations.”

Youth Sen. Elijah Joshua Sy Pajarillaga was absent.

Speaker Blas Jonathan T. Attao said he supports the measure because he believes the youth can be part of the decision-making process, and should be allowed to share their concerns and ideas with their legislative delegations.

From left, Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, Rep. Donald Manglona, Youth Sen. Elijah Joshua Pajarillaga, Youth Sen. Shannea Mae Javate, Senate Vice President Jude Hofschneider, Youth Congress Speaker Dawno Jade Agbayani, Rep. Luis John Castro, Rep. Edwin Propst, Sen. Vinnie Sablan, Rep. Sheila Babauta and Chief Justice Alexandro Castro pose for a photo after the youth senators were sworn in on April 20, 2019 in the House chamber. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoFrom left, Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, Rep. Donald Manglona, Youth Sen. Elijah Joshua Pajarillaga, Youth Sen. Shannea Mae Javate, Senate Vice President Jude Hofschneider, Youth Congress Speaker Dawno Jade Agbayani, Rep. Luis John Castro, Rep. Edwin Propst, Sen. Vinnie Sablan, Rep. Sheila Babauta and Chief Justice Alexandro Castro pose for a photo after the youth senators were sworn in on April 20, 2019 in the House chamber. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

“At the end of the day, it’s really the youth who will be affected by issues in the future,” the speaker added.

Rep. Luis John Castro agreed, saying that the strongest voices in the community are those of the youth.

Castro, a former Youth Congress speaker, said “continued collaboration always benefits the community, regardless of whatever issue you are tackling.”

He added, “I feel that it will be beneficial for everyone. They have good ideas in the Youth Congress.”

Bills passed by the Youth Congress are transmitted to the Legislature for its consideration.