The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Population Office and the 2nd Mechanized (Magbalantay) Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines organized the Provincial Youth Leadership Summit from October 23 to 25, 2017 at Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex in Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
A total of 168 youth leaders coming from the areas in and around the province convened to participate in these three day activity to learn and understand the important roles of the youth sector in the community with the theme, “Katatagan ng Kabataan, Pag-asa ng Kinabukasan.”
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasizes the significant role of the youth, and this sector of our society is the most vulnerable. “This is the right time to recognize your valuable contributions. We have to accept and I am sure that you will agree with me that the youth sector plays a vital part in sustaining the peace and order, and the continuous drive towards growth and development in Lanao del Norte and to the whole country.”
The Armed Forces of the Philippines intensify its campaign not only battling against the terrorists in Marawi City but as well engaging with the youths of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and other provinces to divert their idealism and energy into a positive perspective. The terrorists utilized the youth’s potentials especially in social media by publishing propagandas that would encouraged other possible fighters to join them through beliefs that are beyond human comprehension and other false promises.
Governor Angging said that the youth is the hope of the nation. And their future shall be protected from any ideologies that would hinder them to be a good citizen and future leaders of this country. Extremism and radicalization brings nothing but hatred, destructions and divisions. The Governor also appealed to the participants to be active in promoting positive activism in their respective communities. “As youth leaders of your communities, your responsibility does not end after this summit. It will be the beginning of your journey to help build a better and brighter tomorrow. This is a challenge that we must all partake. The community needs you and we must work collectively in order to achieve our dreams of living peacefully and harmoniously together.”
Various activities and programs were incorporated to educate and promote nationalism, patriotism, respect and understanding among the participants as well as caring for the environment and countering violent extremism and the fight against criminality, drug addiction and prevention, to name a few.
Brigadier General William A. Alunday, Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, and Lt. Col. Ericson V. Rosana, Commanding Officer of the 15th Infantry (Molave Warrior) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, joins with the Provincial Governor for the culmination of the Provincial Youth Leadership Summit along with Gawad Kalinga, Youth for Development and the 5th Mechanized Youth for Peace. PIO-LDN