600 Youth Leaders Join First National Youth Leadership Summit –
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Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—Acknowledging the need to unite youth organizations in sustaining the momentum of its peace efforts, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will gather six hundred youth leaders to participate in the first national level Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) that will be held in Davao City from October 28 to October 31.
Anchored with the theme “Networking Youth Leaders for Solidarity,” the activity aims to convene the Youth for Peace members, who are already graduates of regional leadership trainings, to form the National Youth for Peace Movement that will promote a culture of peace, enhance leadership qualities, and strengthen nationalism among the participants.
The AFP is teaming up with partner organizations, including the National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Philippine National Police to raise at the national level the regional youth development efforts already being conducted by the Unified Commands of the AFP.
To enhance values orientation, sports skills, and the leadership qualities of the participants, there will be a series of workshops and lectures on use of illegal drugs, values, and human rights among other topics that will support the commitment of the AFP in youth development. The participants will come from the five Unified Area Commands that facilitate youth development programs in their areas.
The Commander of AFP Eastern Mindanao Command LtGen Jorge V Segovia is also expected to attend the opening ceremony on October 27, along with the Guest of Honor and Speaker, Hon Leon Flores III, Chairman of NYC.
Nature Appreciation and Conservation
Prior to the actual summit tomorrow, participants from the Northern Luzon Command and the National Capital Region were given a chance to appreciate nature and know the importance of conserving it. Eighty YLS delegates from NOLCOM and 24 delegates from NCR that arrived in Davao last Friday were introduced to the Island Garden City of Samal.
While there, they visited the Monfort Bat Colony that holds the Guinness World Record for most bats in conservation and were also able to plant mangrove seedlings in the shores of Samal Island.
“As part of the NYLS, we were able to the our part and learn the importance of our roles, as youth and future of our nation, in helping preserve nature and our environment,” YPMN lead convener and university student leader Vince Alvarez said.
First National Level Youth Summit
This is the first time Youth Leaders from different parts of the country will convene to take the YLS into the national level. In the past, the AFP through its field units has been conducting youth leadership summits in their respective areas of responsibilities.
Just last September, the 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army concluded the first YLS for 117 students in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City. The three-day summit sought to instill the level of awareness on issues that affects the youths in National High School of Hialitan, Trinidad.
“By uniting various youth organizations, we are ensuring the continuity of our programs that contribute to the AFP’s overall mission and harbor support for our government’s national development agenda,” AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie D Dellosa said.
“The eagerness of our youth to participate in positive national conventions such as the Youth Leadership Summit clearly manifests the commitment of our “young movers” to contribute to our country’s enduring efforts for lasting peace and sustainable development,” Gen Dellosa added.