From the Philippine Information Agency (Dec 19): Army’s 8th IB conducts youth leadership summit for ‘Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan’
Some 60 youth leaders from the different barangays of Impasugong town participated in the three-day Youth Leadership Summit (YLS).
Lt. Col. Romualdo Raymund B. Landingin, commanding officer of the army’s 8th Infantry Battalion (8th IB) said the first youth summit aims to develop youths’ leadership potential and become channels for peace-building.
“We acknowledge that there remain complex issues on peace and security that need to be addressed. However, a purely military solution is not enough to fully solve them. Efforts to achieve genuine peace must therefore be supported by all,” he said.
Anchored on the theme “Empowering the youth, Building the nation,” the summit is an essential part of the army’s “Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan (working together for peace).”
Lt. Norman Tagros, spokesman of the army’s 8th IB, meanwhile, said the summit focused on three aspects namely ‘The Awakening Module,’ which seeks to achieve an understanding of oneself and others; ‘Nurturing Module,’ which centered on educating the youth on their role in the family; and ‘Empowering Module’ that enhances the leadership potentials of participants by introducing the principles and models of leadership, interpersonal communication skills, and anger and conflict management.
The speakers also shared the different government programs so that youth participants will be inspired on how they can become active partners in peace and progress, Tagros said.
“After the summit, participants are believed to be actively participating in ‘Bayanihan’ activities such as community activities involvement, environmental protection, and anti-illegal drugs advocacy, among others,” he said.
Anyone who thinks of getting this recognition so easily is not in the right frame of mind. Or he or she is dreaming.
Exceptions, however, are those cases that have the direct or active backing of the Big 5 in the UN namely, United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom. Even then, this is not an assured certainty. There are many cases in the past where the resolutions of the Security Council of the UN, backed up by some members of the Big 5, say Russia or US, were vetoed by other members thereof.
The accolade UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended to the GPH-MILF peace talks was more directed at President Benigno Aquino III for his sincere efforts to settle the Bangsamoro Question peacefully. The MILF is not a direct recipient of the praise. It has no qualm about this and accepts it as the real thing.
Ban Ki-Moon told media during a press conference: “I commend the Philippine government effort to promote peace and democracy and inclusive growth. In this context, I congratulate the Philippine government of progress in the Mindanao peace process particularly the agreement reached between parties in December,” Ban said at a joint news conference with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
“I hope a final agreement will be reached soon,” he also said.
However, the MILF feels so assuaged by the praises and lift made by the UN Secretary General. Even without stating, it means that GPH-MILF peace negotiation is in the direct radar screen of the UN. It gives the parties, not only moral support, but also more reasons to move forward quicker and finish the process soon; and more importantly, for the parties to comply faithfully with their part of the bargain. Any infraction, especially major one, will put the guilty party at a very difficult situation. It will not only be shaming and blaming that might befall to it but a more proactive “proper leverage” will be in the offing. This can come in many forms.