Hegem: Youthful darkhorse mayoral bet in Lamitan City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:34

“During my first term as councillor of Lamitan City, I have delivered my best in the form of ordinances and resolutions which I believe could be of great help to my constituents especially in improving the lot of the youth in education.”

This was the central message of number one Councilor Hegem Furigay during the maiden session of the august body of Lamitan City held last Wednesday at the Datu Dizal Cultural Center, in the said town.

Hegem, fondly called by peers, disclosed one of the important and most significant ordinances he authored was the automatic scholarship of high school students who graduated valedictorian, salutatorian and honourable mention that the local government will take care of their  tuition fees.

The youthful alderman emphasized education has always been his priority believing strongly that people who are well educated can look forward to achieve a brighter future.

Hegem who is also president of the Furigay College Inc. (FCI) stressed one program of the college is to help provide better educational opportunities to Lamiteños and Basileños as a whole, especially for students who don’t have the capacity to pursue their education in key cities like Zamboanga, Cebu and Manila because of financial limitations.

FCI, he said, is closely coordinating with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide skills courses to the local students who wish to continue their studies and be employed someday in livelihood entrepreneurship.

“In fact in its five years of operations, FCI Lamitan has graduated over 3,000 TESDA scholars through my capacity as president some of whom are now gainfully employed locally and overseas. However, some quarters are still questioning my motive for helping the youth through education,” Hegem said.

As a young leader and vice chair of the Committee on Sports Development, Hegem sponsored many basketball tournaments in many barangays to keep the youth active and to discourage them from illegal drugs.

“That is why we adopted our battle cry “Ipaglaban ang Kinabukasan. Droga ay Iwasan.”

Hegem said as chairman of the committee on ways and means he initiated and facilitated the donation of a modern ambulance by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to the city.

The youthful councillor who is running for the mayoralty seat in the forthcoming elections said he has done what is best for his constituents during the past years and is ready to submit himself again as the idealistic alternative in the delivery of honest to goodness service to the people.

“With all humility, I want to be the new hope for a better Lamitan,” Hegem emphasized. — KS