Camp molds youngsters to be leaders, peace keepers


Province of Davao Oriental—Aiming to mold future leaders who would soon become active movers of peace and development, the Philippine Army recently facilitated Davao Oriental’s first Youth for Peace Movement Summit and Sportsfest at the capital City of Mati.

Replete with activities ranging from lectures, tree planting, sports, and a pageant show, among others, the four-day training camp was participated by 180 young participants from across the province’s ten municipalities and one city, including the neighboring towns of Trento and Lingig in Agusan del Sur.

701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. said that Youth for Peace Movement is an offshoot of the Youth Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Youth Commission in 2011.

Col. Madrigal accompanying Board Member Roland V. Lara, who was guest speaker during the culmination of the four-day activity.

Col. Madrigal accompanying Board Member Roland V. Lara, who was guest speaker during the culmination of the four-day activity.

Dubbed with this year’s theme “Barug kabatanuan makighiusa para sa kalinaw ug kalambuan”, the summit urges the youth to take an active role in promoting and preserving peace in their community while involving themselves in undertakings for development through the various development programs of the government.

Held first in the entire Davao region, this provincial summit also aims at contributing to the development of the youth’s leadership aspects.

“We hope to encourage them [the youth] to know their role as leaders of this organization and as leaders of their different communities,” said Col. Madrigal. “The YFP Summit guides the youth to be productive citizens of the society,” he added.

While also fostering camaraderie and strong relationship among YFP members, Col. Madrigal noted that the summit also helps in inculcating awareness among the youths on different threats in the society such as natural disaster and climate change, the drug menace, and other security threats.

Guest speaker Board Member Roland V. Lara who represented Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon during the culmination program thanked the Philippine Army for organizing such an event to help inspire and shape young minds of their important role as the future leaders, who would eventually become the stewards of peace.

He noted the strong collaboration between the Philippine Army and the government, among other stakeholders in implementing non-violent means to sustain peace—that is thru the implementation of the Peace and Development Outreach Program of the military that was strongly supported by the province, leading it to be declared as insurgency-free.  

The Peace and Development Outreach Program or the PDOP is a strategy of winning the hearts and minds of the people while fostering the spirit of active participation and sharing of resources.

Over the course of its implementation, the PDOP was able to provide comprehensive Outreach programs to communities covering interventions in economic development, education, health, capacity-building and infrastructure as may be required by the communities. KLD/PIO

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