Youth development inspires Mano's Siumu candidacy
Mano Ioelu Tutagalevao is ready to represent Siumu in Parliament, if the voters choose him in next year's General Election.
He is especially keen to advocate for ways to create more employment for the young people of his district, whom he believes carry so much potential.
Mano was among eight new candidates who registered to contest the election under the flag of the Human Rights Protection Party [H.R.P.P] earlier this week. The 53-year-old will be taking on Siumu's incumbent Member of Parliament, Faalogo Iosefa Sopi.
Speaking to the media, Mano said he has been preparing for the election since 2016.
“The main reason behind my choice to run is my determination to serve my constituency by assisting through development pathways for the unemployed youths,” he said.
The father of three added that his choice to run under H.R.P.P. flag was because of so many blessings that their district has gotten through the ruling party.
“Such as employment opportunities through seasonal work which has helped our people economically in ensuring better quality homes and have access to vehicles thanks to these opportunities.
“These opportunities are rare so we have a system in place that ensures our groups going overseas cannot do things that humiliate our country, people and village under the influence of alcohol.
“My preparations began after the 2016 elections, after a my committee met and had a talk.”
Mano also mentioned that there are a lot of candidates vying for a chance to win like the Member of Parliament for Siumu District, Faalogo and other representatives.
When asked about who does the constituency shows more support amongst the candidates he said he does not know the answer.
“I cannot determine which one of us who the constituency shows more favour of because that the decision on who will win is entirely up to the voter of our constituency.
“But the calling is from God but if it is not successful then it was God’s will but the spirit is all to serve the constituency.
“It has been 20 years since I served in the public sector in areas such as the tourism industry. At the moment I run a touring business called Sunseekers tours Samoa that caters for tourists.”
He is currently undergoing studies for a Masters in Theology but holds a Diploma in Youth and Development.
“I see the need to do something for our unemployed youths so that they can have bright futures instead of living in poverty but first my focus is to be able to win.”