BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) -- Government agencies have stepped up its effort in addressing the needs of the locals in different communities, particularly the youths of Caraga region.
This is still part of the ongoing implementation of the Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end the insurgency of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The extensive conduct of the Youth Leadership Summit is one of the priority activities of the Philippine Army to help the youths in enhancing their skills as they are potential leaders in their respective municipalities.
Jerwen Escalania was one of the grateful participants who shared the values and experiences that he gained during the 3-Day Youth Leadership Summit.
He was thankful to the concerned government agencies, together with the 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army for generously and seriously providing them the needed assistance and guidance.
"We've learned a lot of new ideas from our resource persons and our leadership skills were enhanced and we will apply all of these in our life and our community," said Escalania.
"We were taught to be more responsible while the organizers and facilitators emphasized to us that we should always respect our parents and elders, as well as contribute to nation-building," shared Roniel Yongco.
According to Roberto Laurente, president of the Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth (POINTY) organization, they also aim to help the youths to become more responsible and wiser in using the social media. he cited that there have already been many people who became victims of fake news.
"The youth should be able to determine whether an information they read or hear is factual or not, so they would not be deceived and become victims of fake news," cited Laurente.
"When using the social media, the aim should be helping other people become well-aware of what is happening in the country and being able to contribute to its development," said Ma. Leaneth Penarejo.
As the honored guest speaker, 2Lt. Gianmatteo Vittorio Guidicelli, Reservist - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), called on the Caraganon youths to get involved in the government's activities leading towards lasting peace and development.
"Let us unite and pool our resources and help the government towards attaining lasting peace. We could use the social media to promote a peaceful environment and inspiring other people to contribute to peace-building efforts of the government," highlighted Guidicelli.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Molina Jr., stressed the vital role of parents in rearing their children well; ensuring them to grow without vices; and preventing them from the recruitment of the New People's Army (NPAs). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)