SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
11 December 2013 05:57:38 PM
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. gamely does a "selfie" with Hon. Mandela Barnes, a Democrat member of the Wisconsin State Assembly during a courtesy call on the House leader on December 11 by a delegation of Young Political Leaders from the United States of America. Other members of the delegation present were Ms. Nicolee Ambrose, Vice-President, Government Affairs, eFedSystems Corporation (MD), Republican; Hon. Mandela Barnes; Hon. Nathan Dahm, Member, Oklahoma State Senate, Republican; Ms. Sarah Fisher, Public Policy and Government Relations Analyst, Google Inc. (DC), Democrat; Katie Koupal, Chief of Staff, Office of the Kansas Senate Vice-President, Republican; Mr. Steve Schale, President, Schale Communications, Democrat; and Mr. Matt Summy, ACYPL Escort, Vice-President, External and Government Affair (IL), Comcast, Democrat. The visit is hosted by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in partnership with the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) led by its National President and Quezon City Councilor Dorothy Delarmente. Present during the call were Rep. Anthony G. Del Rosario, Chairman, Committee on Youth and Sports Development; Rep. Jose Christopher Y. Belmonte, Assistant Majority Leader, Committee on Rules; Rep. Terry L. Ridon, Member for the Minority, Committee on Youth and Sports Development; Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Muslim Affairs. The U.S. Embassy was represented by Ms. Marilou Apolinario. An informal dialogue was held covering various issues affecting youth development, the electoral system, education, peace and order, the Visayas and Mindanao natural disasters and the Philippine legislative systems, among others.