The three-day Provincial YLS was participated by 110 youth leaders which were mostly members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) from 19 municipalities and two cities of Pampanga.
In partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Pampanga and the Provincial Government of Pampanga under the leadership of Hon. Lilia G Pineda, Provincial Governor, the 48IB facilitated the three-day Pampanga Provincial YLS which was held at The Orchid Gardens, Lazatin Blvd., Brgy San Juan, City of San Fernando.
The objectives of PYLS are to instill nationalism and patriotism and remind the youth about their roles in nation-building.
Series of lectures and discussions from different subject matter experts coming from various government agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as well as the partner government organization of 48IB in PYLS, the DILG.
Aside from the lectures, there were team building and leadership enhancement activities that were prepared to capacitate young leaders in their journey in their future endeavors.
Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division commended the efforts of the Guardians Battalion. He likewise expressed his heartfelt thanks to the Local Government Unit of Pampanga and DILG for being 48IB’s partners in the conduct of Provincial YLS.
“Our youth is one of the important sectors of society and as part of the Whole of Nation Approach, it is just and right thing to educate our future leaders about their roles in building and strengthening the nation. Such activity is also our way to prevent the youth from the deception of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs),” said MGen Agustin.
“I would also like to challenge our youth that if they want to change our country, they should start with improving themselves by studying hard and making good of whatever opportunity offered to them rather than bring their grievances on the streets then later join the armed struggle. Many youth already lost their lives in the nonsense struggle against the government,” he added.
Relatedly, Brigadier General Rowen S Tolentino AFP, Commander of the 703rd Infantry (Agila) Brigade said, “Youth Leadership Summit is something that would enhance their leadership prowess and abilities to better serve their fellow youth and to set a standard in becoming productive individuals in the society. I assure you that as you go along, the Philippine Army is always here to guide and help you to be better leaders of tomorrow.”
“Our duty is not only to protect the youth from physical dangers that can be brought by the CTGs but also to prevent them from being deceived by the CPP NPA Terrorists (CNTs). We acknowledge the importance of the youth that is why the AFP came up with activities like YLS. There are lot of programs for the youth to mold them as future leaders and we are grateful that we are receiving support from other government organizations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio S Valdez, Acting Battalion Commander of 48IB.
Source: 48 Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division Philippine