2 Negros officials joining AMPLIFY

Himamaylan City Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao and Brgy. Robles Councilor Christine Thel Geollegue of La Castellana will represent Western Visayas in the eighth edition of the Alumni Mobilization Program through Leadership and Influence to Filipino Youth (AMPLIFY) in Bacolod City Friday to Sunday, Feb. 9-11.

Gatuslao and Geollegue are among the 30 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) alumni who applied and got accepted to represent their respective provinces and regions, a press release said.

The other participants are also leaders and emerging voices in various fields and industries from other areas in the Philippines.

AMPLIFY is an annual program for selected YSEALI alumni to lead initiatives throughout the year to engage the YSEALI network across the country.

Gatuslao was one of the two legislators in the Philippines to join the 2023 YSEALI Professional Fellows hosted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders in July last year .

Meanwhile, neophyte barangay council member Geollegue was a Fall 2016 YSEALI Academic Fellowship Program fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as part of the “Civic Engagement” cohort. She is one of the most active alumni of U.S. government programs alumni in Negros Occidental, the press release said.

Aside from representing Western Visayas, both are also joining as members of the U.S. Government Alumni Association – Negros Occidental and YSEALI Hub Negros Occidental.*

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