BONTOC, Mountain Province(PIA)—The government continues to give emphasis on the role of the youth in nation building.As the future leaders of the country and as they constitute a majority portion of the nation’s population, the youth have to develop their abilities, talents and skills and be empowered.
The National Youth Commission – Cordillera held a Re-orientation on Local Youth Development Council Establishment and Local Youth Development Plan Formulation to 25 youth representatives from the different municipalities in the province last May 17.
Sheridan Athena Y. Gajete, Regional Cluster Head for NYC – Cordillera and Region 1, stressed the important role of the youth in the development and progress of the country and discussed the establishment of the Local Youth Development Council(LYDC) particularly highlighting its duties and functions.
“Number one duty and function of the LYDC is to serve as the core of the advocacy on youth participation in nation-building and youth empowerment,” she said.
She also underscored the nine areas of participation of the LYDC which include Economic Empowerment, Social Inclusion and Equity, Governance and Active Citizenship, among others.
The LYDC will also plan, craft and finalize programs, projects, and activities that promote and ensure the meaningful youth participation and sustainable youth development and empowerment.
“Dakkel ti role dagitoy LYDCs tayo in terms of the planning,” she said.
“The plan hopes to really let our government see that our young people are the “today” of the nation, not just the future but the present of the nation,” Gajete said.
The creation of LYDC in every province, city, and municipality to ensure the wide and multi-sectoral youth participation in local governance is mandated under the "Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015" and the Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2017-36.
Gajete appealed to all newly elected officials not only in the province but in the country to prioritize youth development and empowerment in their agenda.
“I hope that one part of their agenda is youth development and youth empowerment because as part of the National Youth Commission, I observed that it the least priority. So hopefully with the newly elected officials, they’ll prioritize really our youth development because youth development is everybody’s concern.” , said Gajete(JDP/VJLT-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)