MY friend, Alvin Feliciano, could be the happiest and proudest father these days. He has reason to be on cloud nine because he has a young son in the name of Rovin Andrew who won the last Oct 25 village polls as chairman of Barangay Arkong Bato in Valenzuela City at the tender age of 19.
Rovin, whose entire ticket of councilmen (though the barangay elections are non-partisan as what the law says, a stark opposite in real scenario) has also defeated its rivals completely, could be the youngest chairman to have been elected in the just-concluded polls all over the country.
Equally pleased by the emergence of the young Feliciano, who has succeeded his father after completing his three terms and is also automatically relinquishing his post as Liga ng Barangay president, are brothers Mayor Win Gatchalian and Rep. Rex Gatchalian (District 1) who both boldly predict that the former can surpass the achievements his father had obtained while in public service citing his credentials and accomplishments even as his early age.
The Gatchalian brothers say: “With his achievements even at his young age, there’s no doubt he can be an asset to the city and to the country as well.”
At the age of 12, Rovin became the president of the Block Rosary Unit of Barangay Arkong Bato, Marshall and Spiritual Chairman of Columbian Squire Circle 3899. At age 14, he became president of the 24-unit Parochial Union of Block Rosary Organization that encompasses the 13 barangays of the Parokya of San Diego de Alcala, a position he holds to this day. He was also recognized by the Diocese Bishop of Malolos as Diocesan Leadership Awardee in 2006 and 2007, citing him as exemplary youth leader in the entire province of Bulacan and Valenzuela City.
Before running for chairman of Arkong Bato, Rovin was entrusted by his co-residents to be Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman in the 2007 elections where he won via landslide. He also became chairman of the Committee on Ethics and Religious Affairs of the Samahang Kabataan Federation Valenzuela City Chapter.
Rovin was also tapped to represent the city in the Youth Leadership Summit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which took place at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. He was also hailed the most outstanding leader of the entire National Capital Region (NCR).
He also attended the 2008 Dangerous Drugs Board Conference organized by the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) and even became planner on how to eliminate illegal drug menace. In 2009, Rovin became a delegate to the Young Progressive South-East Asians Conference where he was chosen to plan and lead in coming up with solutions in solving the problems of the youth in Southeast Asia.
With all these feats, Arkong Bato residents just did the right thing when they overwhelmingly chose the young “Captain Rovin” who is expected to serve them well as their chairman even if he is still very much a teenager. Arlie O. Calalo