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Ilocos youth become peace advocates thru Army, LGU’s support

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur (PIA) – A total of 49 young leaders in the municipality of Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur have now become the partners of the Philippine Army and the local government unit (LGU) of Galimuyod in promoting peace in the locality.


This after they underwent three days of training on peace building through the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) recently facilitated by the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion (IB), in partnership with LGU-Galimuyod.


The Army said the summit is a one-stop shop activity that aims to empower the participants as young peace builders in their community, hence, nurture them with various skills, knowledge, and values necessary to transform them into responsible and peace-loving leaders.


Among the topics included in the series of lectures and activities during the YLS were Executive Order No. 70, Role of the Filipino Youth in Nation Building, Advocating Gender and Development, Mental Health Awareness, Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) Recruitment Schemes on the Youth and Student Sector, Preventing Illegal Drug Proliferation and other Forms of Criminality among the Youth, among others.


“These will help them be informed on pressing issues involving them and how they could help in sustaining the stability of internal peace and security in the municipality,” the Army said.


On the last day of the summit, the participants elected Glaiza Gandalera, chairperson of Barangay Mckinley’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), as the first president of Youth for Peace (YFP)-Galimuyod Chapter.


“As members of the youth sector, I am grateful that the youth of Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur participated in this leadership summit. We are able to realize our vital role in nation-building and that we can come up with different activities in order to empower our fellow youth as genuine peace builders,” she said.


She expressed her gratitude to her fellow youth leaders for showing their sincerity and actively participating in the event. 


“I'm so happy from the day I started asking my fellow SKs and Katipunan ng Kabataan or KKs here in McKinley to join the YLS. This is because from the three maximum participants, which we have paid for their registration fees from our training budget, we made it up to 12 and super hindi ko maipaliwanag ang aking kaligayahan dahil naniniwala ako na lahat sila ay nais talagang malinang ang kanilang kakayahan upang maging lider sa hinaharap,” Gandalera said.


“Thank you sa inyong lahat! Super matunog ang pangalan ng barangay natin hindi dahil sa bilang natin noong YLS but because of what we have done and what we can still do,” she added.


Galimuyod Mayor Jessie Balingsat also thanked the Army and the youth leaders for the facilitation and success of the summit.


“The youths of Galimuyod are very blessed with the facilitation of the 71st IB, SK and YFP in the realization of this leadership summit. We extend our gratitude for your dedication in developing our every youth’s full potential and ensuring and safeguarding a great future away from the different perils,” he said. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)


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Joyah Mae Quimoyog

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