U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. and House of Representatives Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Sr. (seated, center) spoke at the completion ceremony for the 12th cycle of the Congressional Internship Project for Young Mindanao Leaders (CIPYML), which is implemented through a partnership involving the House of Representatives, Mindanao State University in Marawi, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Also participating in the ceremony were (seated, l-r): USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele, House Secretary-General Marilyn Yap, and Deputy Secretary General Ramon Roque. To date, 273 interns have participated in the rigorous four-month internship, which gave them the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in public policy formulation, and broaden their understanding of national issues and democratic governance. CIPYML is managed by USAID’s and implemented under the oversight of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
Published in Mindanao Times, December 23, 2011; Mindanao Daily Mirror, December 23, 2011