On November 6, 2017, 1700 youth of Lanao del Norte joins the 4th Youth for Development Congress which was firmly supported by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo through the Provincial Population Office (PPO). The purpose of the congress is to commemorate the importance of the youth in Lanao del Norte, their roles and their resolution to participate by contributing ideas for the good of the society and what they can do to continue the development through peace and order. The assembly took placed at Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium.
2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo kicked-off the activity inside the gymnasium by sharing life lessons and offered suggestions on how the youth can help themselves and be independent without relying too much from their parents. The good Congressman encouraged the participants to form and establish organizations and start small businesses that can be a source of income for them and could make their parents proud and as well help the economy of Lanao del Norte.
Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo shared an inspiring speech to the youth sector, “Your presence is essentials to our society. Your ideas will contribute to the sustenance of our communities in achieving the goals of development. Let us continue to strive hard by working together in making our province more progressive and peaceful. Your Government needs you today and not tomorrow.”
The Governor added that the youth can become leaders without being elected or having a position in the community by attending workshops or summits and by learning from it and impart their acquired knowledge to others that would bring positive ideas for the development of their community.
The kind hearted Governor reminded the youth to be vigilant and not to be persuaded by the deceptive offers from unknown individuals for they might come from a group that spreads extremisms and radicalization citing what happened to Marawi City. “Report immediately to your Barangay Captain or to any members of the Council or to the Philippine National Police personnel or to the Philippine Army in order to apprehend these suspicious characters roaming in your community.”
The unity of the people hampers the idea of these extremists to penetrate or thrive in the peaceful province of Lanao del Norte. The residents have live harmoniously for years and will never accept the ideologies of these extremists that is beyond human comprehension. The Governor as well graciously thanked the Mayors of the hinterland municipalities bordering the Province of Lanao del Sur by constantly guarding and monitoring their respective areas against the fleeing terrorists from Marawi who might take shelter and worst bring chaos in the province.
The presence of Mr. Ardizon T. Arsua also inspires the participants of the Youth for Development Congress. Mr. Arsua who is also known as “Papa Ardy” is the unit head of the Information Management and Communication Unit of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) for Region 10. Papa Ardy gladly discussed the Sexual Reproductive Health and awareness to AIDS, HIV and STDs and other communicable diseases. He also taught the youth to be responsible and as much as possible avoid premarital sex. After the discussion the youth were shown short films that tackle sexual health and responsibilities followed by raffle draw that gives out sacks of rice, Water jugs, Backpacks, Sling bags, Tablets, Mobile phones, Electric kettle and Rice cookers. PIO-LDN