Friday, August 16, 2019

102 IP youths join YLS in Agusan del Norte

Posted to the Philippine Information Agency Website (Aug 16, 2019): 102 IP youths join YLS in Agusan del Norte (By 23IB Philippine Army)

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – One hundred two youths from Higaonon tribe were enlightened after undergoing a three-day stay-in Barangay Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) from August 9-11, 2019 at Lawan-lawan National High School, Barangay Lawan-lawan in Las Nieves town, this province.

During the activity, the youths were informed about the different programs of the government.

With the theme “Kabatan-onan Hiusahon aron Kaugmaon ug Kahapsay Maangkon” (Unite the Youth for Brighter Future, it included series of lectures from different stakeholders, small group discussions, Disaster Preparedness Orientation, Cultural Presentation, and Team-building activities.

Agusan del Norte second district representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, the guest speaker during the opening ceremony, reminded the youth not to believe on the deceitful scheme of the CPP-NPA Terrorists.

“Don’t be deceived by the bad elements especially the CPP-NPAs who bring conflict and hinder government projects that benefit the people,” Matba said.

“Their recruitment on the youth especially from the Indigenous Peoples’ community, resulted in many lives wasted, many youths died during encounters against the government troops. I encourage everyone to be vigilant and do not believe in the propaganda of the CPP-NPA. Take care of your lives so that in the future, you, the youth, will be the ones who will replace us to be the leader of our nation,” Matba stated.

Moreover, Mayor Avelina S. Rosales of the Municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte urged the participants not to be easily deceived or brainwashed by the terrorist group.

"We want the residents of Barangay Lawan-lawan to live in peace and prosperity,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB stressed that the youths have the potential to become leaders in the future.

“Start learning for the betterment of Barangay Lawan-lawan and for you to have better lives,” Molina said. (1Lt Roel T. Maglalang, CMO, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

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