LGU holds a 3-day Leadership Seminar for Jasaan Youth

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – Local Government Unit of Jasaan, in partnership with the 58th Infantry Dimalulupig Battalion, held its 1st Youth Leadership Seminar 2021 from October 1 to 3, 2021 at Sophie Red Hotel and Onshore Restaurant, Jasaan Misamis Oriental.

The Misamis Oriental Chapter of Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth (POINTY), in collaboration with the 58IB, organized the three-day Youth Leadership Seminar 2021 with the theme “Empowering Youth Leaders to Ripple Genuine Peace-building in the Zones of Peace.”

A total of 150 young people from various barangays in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, participated in the leadership seminar, which aims to build youth leaders and inspire them to become responsible citizens and catalysts for peace and growth in their communities. Despite the pandemic threat that is currently being faced by the country, risks must be taken to continue its development, especially for the next generation, thus the realization of the said seminar. Safety protocols were strictly imposed during the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Aside from the discussion of youth in peacebuilding, the participants were also given a series of lectures on, Preventing Student Involvement in Criminality and Drug Abuse, and R.A. 7610, Basic Fire Safety and Quick Response Firefighting Techniques and Demonstration, Gender and Development, and Deceptive Recruitment of CPP- NPA- NDF on Youth Sector.
Team building activities, healthy competitions, and small group discussions, were also supplemented to complete the package that has prepared the participants on becoming an equipped peace advocate.
During the opening ceremony, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, delivered a message emphasizing the seminar’s main objectives. “This YLS is intended not only to inform and educate you about the true intentions of the Communist Terrorist Groups, but also to help you build and develop your character. We have been conducting these activities to protect our youth. This is the best time to end that problem and the youth is integral part of our campaign. We hope that by giving you this leadership seminar, several lectures on drug awareness, and other activities, you can become a better and more responsible citizen in your municipality and avoid being recruited by the deceptive CTG youth recruitment. I strongly encourage everyone to take this seriously since you never know when the teachings, lessons, camaraderie, and friendship you will earn here will come in handy down the road. With that, I’d want to express my profound gratitude to Jasaan’s municipal mayor and council, as well as SK Fed, DILG, and PNP, for making this activity possible.”

Meanwhile, the Municipal Mayor of Jasaan, Hon. Redentor S Jardin asked the youth to be actively involved in ending local communist armed conflict. “The communist terrorist group seeks to overthrow our government and their ways of taking over government is thru violence, which we oppose. The Philippines has been created through our constitution. And what exactly does the constitution entail? That instead of dictatorship, we must elect our leaders. We don’t rule by the blood of the people. Dili nato gusto nang patay patay. Ang atong kontra kaning mga walhon, na radicalize ang utok. That is why I am grateful to the Army for taking the time to sit down with you and address this critical issue, orienting your minds to go the straight path of the democratic way of life. We don’t want to see any violence. We must persuade our constituents, particularly the youth, to pursue the straight path, na ang tanang kalambuan mahimo lamang thru good governance. This problem has been going on for 53 years. And I don’t want you to be CPP-NPA-NDF lovers. Ayaw gyud mo mainlove sa ilahang ideology.” Mayor Jardin ended.

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