July 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
MIDSAYAP, COTABATO— In a very rare occasion for Southern Christian College, Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño- Mendoza addressed SCC’s top young leaders as their Keynote Speaker for the SCC Young Leaders Congress on July 10 2015 at the SCC Nature Farm.
“Enjoy your youth but focus on what you want”
In a very personal and warm manner, the lady governor inspired the delegates of SCC’s biggest gathering of student leaders. Gov. Lala, who was once a young leader having been a provincial Sangguniang Kabataan president, emphasized to the 72 young leaders the value of focusing on their dreams and being responsible in achieving them. “Enjoy your youth but focus on what you want”, she said.
It served as a reminder for the young generation of young people that though there are good things they need to enjoy for being young, their responsibility towards their studies and their commitment as leaders must their priority.
There are programs for young people that continue to be implemented by the Provincial Government like the Summer Peace Camp, leadership congress and training whose goals are to promote leadership and development of skills for the youth of Cotabato. Currently, the Provincial Government extends scholarship support to some 150 SCC students.
“be responsible users of social media”
SCC President Dr. Edwin T. Balaki appreciated the governor’s presence and message for the SCC’s young leaders. He said opportunities such as these come very rare for SCC when no less than the most influential leader of the province takes her time and effort to speak to the students about the things that matter to them.
The Governor also challenged the young people to be responsible users of social media. While she appreciated how modern communication tools make our lives efficient, abusing it can also destroy the essence of relating to each other genuinely as persons.
She also took the time to answer questions coming from the student leaders. She was able to share how she manages her time as a public servant and as mother to her children.
Excellent track record
Mendoza is married to Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza of the TUCP Party List and mother to Ma. Alana Samantha and Emilio Ramon. She studied at the Notre Dame of Kidapawan for Girls from 1978 up to 1989 for her elementary and secondary education an earned her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Ateneo de Davao University and took up Bachelor of Laws thereafter.
In 1998, she became a Senior Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan First District) of the Province of Cotabato. She authored the Gender Code of Cotabato Province.
She became a member of the House of Representatives representing the 1st Legislative District of the Province of Cotabato in 2001.
Mendoza became the district representative of the Province of Cotabato to the House of Representatives. She was re-elected to the same position in the May 2004 and May 2007 elections.
In the 14th Congress, she was a member of the Commission on Appointments, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Legislative Franchises and also a member of the following House Committees: Dangerous Drugs, Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy, Labor & Employment, National Defense & Security, Mindanao Affairs, Ways & Means, Women & Gender Equality.
She is an alumna to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on “American Foreign Policy: Trends of the New Administration” on September 14 – October 2, 2009 by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
SCC’s young leaders
The Southern Christian College Young Leaders Congress (SCCYLC) is the flagship leadership program of Southern Christian College implemented by the Student Affairs and Services Unit. DSAS Director Nelly Genosas said the congress serves a venue for SCC’s young leaders to be developed and hone their potentials as school leaders and for the community as a whole. (All photos by SCC-MPCD)