Commission on Population and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Population Office conducts Harmonization Workshop to Local Youth Development Officers and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Municipal Presidents together with Department of the Interior and Local Government –Lanao del Norte on August 28 to 30, 2018 in Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall, Sagadan, Municipality of Tubod.

The workshop is based on RA 10742 or Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015, which give recognition of the youth’s role in nation-building and thus, promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being, inculcates in them patriotism, nationalism and other desirable values, and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs.

Towards this end, the State shall establish adequate, effective, responsive, and enabling mechanisms and supports systems that will ensure the meaningful participation of the youth in local governance and nation-building.

The SK Reform Act was established to encourage youth representation by taking them back to the spirit of volunteerism where selfless service is required when serving the people. This Act also discourages the youth involvement in local politics which are mostly under the control of local and national political parties.

In the past years, SK system has been taunted as the breeding ground of traditional politicians. Some local political leaders have taken advantage of the vulnerability of the youth leaders and more often influenced their minds that eventually lead to corruption.

DILG Provincial Director, Bruce A. Colao, thoroughly discussed RA 10742 to youth leaders present at the workshop coming from the municipalities of the province.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, and the Honorable Members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan strongly support all endeavours of the Provincial Population Office headed by Ms. Annanette B. Daniel particularly in instilling nationalism and patriotism in today’s youth, and moulding them to be responsible leaders and citizens of the Lanao del Norte and the country. PIO-LDN