Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Caraga youth leaders unite vs terrorism

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 14, 2019): Caraga youth leaders unite vs terrorism

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons and SK Federations in Caraga region have expressed their support to the programs and advocacies of the government against the terrorist groups – Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

This is in time with the International Youth Day (IYD) celebration on Monday, where youth from different provinces of Caraga, together with other sectors shared their roles and responsibilities in their respective communities, and their significant contributions in addressing various issues in the region, which include the problem on insurgency.

Anchored on the theme "Transforming Education," the SK Federations gave emphasis on the value and significance of providing quality education to the youth of the nation.

Participating youths also expressed that they would only focus and engage in useful activities that would enhance their knowledge, skills, and capabilities, and would not be deceived by the campaign, wrong and ruthless acts of the terrorist groups such as recruitment of students in different schools to fight against the government for their own gains.

Stephanie Dawn Salise, Acting Vice President of Butuan SK Federation called on other youths in other parts of the region to actively participate in all the government’s activities for the welfare of all sectors. “I would like to encourage the youth not to revolt against the government because we believe that what they are doing will benefit the youth and the country in general,” she said.

“In our barangay, we are conducting different kinds of activities and programs for the youth, so that they will be prevented from joining the terrorist groups,” said Christian Mendoza, SK Chair of Barangay Limaha, Butuan City.

According to Julius Gutierrez, Executive Director of the National Youth Commission (NYC), it is the mandate of their agency to facilitate the youth sector in all means so they become proactive citizens, and be given opportunities where they could get involved in government's initiatives and activities - in civic and public affairs.

This effort also formed part of the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to stop the insurgency in the country. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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