Biggest Youth Gathering in Regions 11 and 12

In line with the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, the biggest youth gathering, yet, for Regions 11 and 12 is set to unfold on November 19-21, 2011. This three-day Youth for Peace Congress is designed to inculcate values of nationalism and culture of peace to the youth, enhance their leadership potentials, and empower them to actively take part in the campaign for Peace, Progress and Development.

Youth organizations from the entire Regions 11 and 12, numbering to more or less 350 individuals, will arrive at Camp Manuel T Yan, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province in the afternoon of November 19. After the registration, they will immediately settle down at the 10th Infantry Division Training Unit where their billeting facilities and several activities await. These future leaders have gone through the Youth Leadership Summits conducted by the different Army units under 10ID and volunteered to take part in this gathering through the help of our peace and development partners from the Local Government Units and civilian sectors.

Several activities have been lined-up for them including lectures on patriotism, leadership development, workshops on action planning, team building, and election of officers for the first-ever Federated Youth for Peace per region. Participants will also have chances of showcasing their talents and strengthening their friendship through a Solidarity Night on November 20. Even taking their meals is made more challenging and enjoyable through a series of fun games that will lead them to their sumptuous platefuls.

The highlight of this affair is the launching “Social Media for Social Change Cause” headed by Ms Glenda Gloria of Newsbreak to be held at the Ateneo De Davao University on November 21. The participants would then travel to ADDU to join the other delegates from Davao City schools and universities after taking their lunch at the headquarters of the Eastern Mindanao Command on November 21. This is a national movement to empower the youth to be more active in responding to the challenges of the modern society. Speakers from the National Youth Commission and top national journalist including Ms Maria Ressa, Patricia Evangelista, Chay Hofileña, and Ms Glenda Gloria will spearhead the activities.

After two days and two nights, our youth will hopefully emerge to be more responsible and productive citizens, equipped with greater love for our country and commitment to help achieve lasting peace and sustainable development.


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