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100 Kalinga youth leaders join Youth Leadership Summit to become empowered advocates of peace

Poblacion, Lubuagan – A total of 100 youth leaders in Kalinga participated in the Youth Leadership Summit held in Poblacion, Lubuagan, to prepare them for leadership roles and to take pro-active response against issues that beset the youth.

According to Lt. Cherry Ted Arcilla, the activity was designed to empower the youth as advocates of peace and promoters of character-based leadership skills.

The summit, which was held at Lubuagan Central School from August 6 to 8, 2021, was spearheaded by the Kalinga-Apayao Youth Organization (KAYO).

The said youth organization was with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lubuagan, 1503rd Regional Mobile Force Company (RMFB), and the 50th Infantry Battalion. Said activity is part of the Community Support Program as a requirement in the End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) projects conducted for the villages in Kalinga.

Topping the list of discussions and lectures includes prevention of violence and terrorism and the fight against illegal drugs. This year’s theme is ‘Unleash and Empower the Potential of Tomorrow's Leaders’

Other focus of the 3-day activity centers on Building One’s Character, Knowing the Costumes and Traditions of Kalinga, Guidon Making, Clean-up Drive, Sharing of Life Experiences, Lectures on Solid waste Management and Gender sensitivity, Cultural Night and the Team Building Activity.

Meantime, Congressional Staff Coordinator and IEC Designate Edmark Pallayoc Toppi also talked about Gender and Development: Marginalized Discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) lecture.

As a representative of the LGBTQ+ community, he cited how discrimination affected someone’s whole being, so gaining respect and understanding from the youth will be taken as unified indebtedness from them.

“Our God, the creator, still has the power for final judgment. As you go along in your chosen path, please always bear in mind that accepting someone in society will define your development as a youth. Let this Youth Leadership Summit bind us all in humanism,” Toppi said.

Meanwhile, Battalion Commander of 50th Infantry Defender LTC Melanio Somera through Lt. Cherry Ted Arcilla said in a message that before the youth strive to be good citizens of this country, they should strive first to become the best sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and a friend to their neighbours.

“If you want to love the country, love your families first because I believe that in loving your families and being your best to your loved ones you will surely do what a good citizen should be,” Somera added.


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