CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz, Oct. 17 -- A total of 60 youth leaders from the provinces in Western Visayas completed the three-day 2nd Regional Youth Leadership Summit (RYLS) organized by the Army's 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division here.
The Summit was held from October 11 to 13, 2019 at the 3ID Camp in Jamindan, Capiz.
The Regional Youth Summit, anchored on the theme "Youth of today, leaders of tomorrow," aims to empower the youth through leadership training and instill the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and social responsibility.
Likewise, it sought to expand their role in nation building, and grow the next generation of leaders in the community and beyond.
Major General Dinoh Dolina, Commander of the 3ID said "The Filipino youth are considered as the most valuable resource. If the government would invest in something, there is nowhere to invest better other than the youth."
He also reminded the youth of their great role in the existence of our society being national heroes, who are responsible to the success and failure of the next generation.
"The youth is the hope of the motherland. As the next generation of leaders, the future of the nation lies in your hands," he said.
Dolina also challenged the youth to evaluate themselves whether they are really the hope of the fatherland.
A representative from the youth leaders thanked the facilitators and organizers for a wonderful experience which taught them about camaraderie, leadership and teamwork.
Among the speakers during the event were Richard Sevilla of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who discussed the integral role of the youth in their respective communities; Mary Chris Medina from the Department of Labor and Employment, who introduced potential livelihood training for the youth; Stephen Bediones from the Provincial Planning and Development Office- Capiz, who tackled project proposal development; and former rebels 'Ate Glen,' and 'Lab-lab' who shared their insights and experiences when they were in the armed movement.
YLS is a program that the Philippine Army and other peace-oriented advocates introduced to protect the youth against the recruitment of the CPP-NPA Terrorist and its allied groups.
It also aims to empower and develop the leadership qualities of the future leaders which the Philippines truly deserves. (JBG/Capt. Cenon Pancito III/3ID-DPAO)