The statements are intended to encourage young people to exercise leadership and to be critical regarding leaders who don’t want to empower them. I don’t understand why others are so sensitive about what is written there. Why do these statements hit a nerve?
Offices have to be uniform, this is their argument.
You mean the people in the Philippines. There are people who are 100 years back and there are people who are 100 years ahead of their time.
He would realize that the City Hall of Candon could become a famous touristic attraction, if all councilors paint statements on one wall of their offices. This has never happened anywhere in the world.
It’s not about making it a tourist attraction. It’s my office. I work there. Isn’t the freedom of speech and expression worth more than the uniformity of offices? Isn’t it a part of dignity that people design their workplaces? Also, I was not given any written regulations regarding office use, and to this date, I have not received any legal basis for the removal of the design on the wall.
It’s my office. Moreover the city faces larger issues that need to be addressed, like a public library that has been closed for more than a decade.
I will never choose to put it back to a blank wall, but I can’t prevent it. I just find it strange that people have the time to criticize me about my office wall, but cannot find the time to invite me to City Council committee meetings, where I am a member, or to even discuss my pending common-sense measures which, nearly a year on, remain stuck in committee.
Our Constitution is clear: Public office is a public trust, and I am always accountable to the people. Advocating reform is not easy, but I swore a solemn oath and I intend to keep it. I work for the people, after all.
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Joanne, 30 years old, was elected one year ago to serve in the City Council in Candon City, Ilocos Sur. Last year she founded the Candon Youth for Empowerment Movement and created opportunities for young people in the sector of agriculture. She is encouraging young people to fight for, and exercise their rights, and to prepare themselves for leadership. Moreover she is engaged in health issues like HIV and AIDS awareness. Read also the interview “The Benefit for the Young People”Interviewer Claus Sixt, Photographer unknown, published 13th of December 2017.<
The City Engineering office of Candon, Philippines, is not so amused about the writing painted on Joanne Valdez’s Council Office. There was a verbal order to put the wall back to the way it was. Joanne Valdez, the youngest elected member of the City Council of Candon, decided to beautify her Council Office. Interpolisweb spoke with Joanne.