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City gov't eyes youth participation on envi protection

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan (PIA) -- The City Government of Puerto Princesa invests hope in the role of local youths in protecting and saving the bays of the city as one of the priority activities in this year’s month-long celebration of the Youth Festival.

The local youths will join the Save the Puerto Princesa Bays program that aims to safeguard coastal areas in the city. Their involvement in environmental protection efforts is also inspired by International Youth Day’s theme “On Green Skills For Youth: Towards A Sustainable World.”

Local youths in the city of Puerto Princesa attend the courtesy call at the regular session of City Council. (Photo by Rachel Ganancial/PIA Palawan)

Lara Grace Palay of the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) said that the growing number of active youths in the city is a result of the continuous support given by the local government to the youth sector.

“Ito ay testament na kapag patuloy na sinuportahan at binigyan ng pagkakataon at oportunidad ang mga kabataan ay patuloy din silang magpupursige na maabot ang kanilang mga pangarap para sa ating bayan,” she said.

The Save the Puerto Princesa Bays is an effort to rescue Puerto Princesa Bay, Ulugan Bay, and Honda Bay. It was launched in July and will have another clean-up activity on August 12.

Aerial view of the Puerto Princesa Baywalk which is one of the target areas of the Save the Puerto Princesa Bays program. (Photo courtesy of the City Information Department of Puerto Princesa)

The participating youths are from City Youth Development Office (CYDO), Apuradong Kabataan ng Puerto Princesa (AKAPP), SK Development Program, and LYDC.

Aside from joining environmental protection activities, the local youths will also participate in giving services such as involvement in Brigada Eskwela, distribution of allowances to persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and Barangay Tanod. Blood donating activities will also be hosted during the celebration in August.

Puerto Princesa Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President and City Councilor Myka Mabelle Magbanua explained that the Youth Festival celebration in the city was based on RA 10742 or SK Reform Law.

Youths as Junior Government Officials

The youths will also be exposed to the job of government officials through an immersion program from August 14- 31. The elected members of AKAPP will have a chance to serve as junior government officials and department heads.

CYDO Head Ralph Richard Asuncion said the number of participating youths of AKAPP increased in the second year of its implementation coming from schools and barangays.

It is also an opportunity for youths to be trained in leadership and communication to develop them as young leaders.

“Ang mga kabataan ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na maging mga batang mayor, bise mayor, konsehal at puno ng iba’t ibang departamento. Ito ay ginagawa rin sa ibang lungsod pero ngayon ay pinalaki pa ng Sanggunian Kabataan Federation,” he said.

The second batch of AKAPP with over 100 participants also took oath during the flag ceremony officiated by City Mayor Lucilo Bayron. (RPG/PIA MIMAROPA - Palawan)

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