Ilocos Norte youth groups to join 15th TAYO Awards

Aug 30, 2017 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) thru the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) gathered over eighty Ilocano youth leaders to participate in the TAYO Talks by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. and the National Youth Commission (NYC) last August 25.

INYDO invited members of different youth organizations in Ilocos Norte. Among them were the Federated Supreme Student Government Organization of Ilocos Norte, Federated Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of Ilocos Norte, and the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA).

They were urged by organizers to join the search of Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in the Philippines known as TAYO Awards, now on its 15th year. 

Through TAYO Talks and Awards, youth initiatives are encouraged to eradicate and solve problems which are primarily divided into five categories: education, health, livelihood, environment, and culture and the arts.

Backing the call for applications, PGIN Information Officer IV Mr. June Arvin Gudoy, who at the same time serves as Head of the INYDO, said, "sana magkaroon ng inspirasyon ang mga kabataang Ilocano na mag-file ng application sa TAYO Awards.

"Sa dami ng ginagawa ng mga kabataang Ilocano, it is timely that your efforts be recognized, not only by the province, by the Honorable Governor, but also by national organizations," he added, citing the youth initiative Sirib Express, now INYDO, which was awarded last 2015 as one of the top ten best local government initiative by the Galing Pook Awards.

Gudoy also recalled Sirib Express to be the lone youth program in the entire country that was recognized by the Galing Pook Foundation and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

With these, Ms. Maria Pamela Ellena S. Agurita, grade 12 student of the Paoay National High School, who at the same time serves as President of the Federated Supreme Student Government of Ilocos Norte, shared the importance of youth engagement in solving social issues, saying, "...we have to act, to commit ourselves. Ang gusto namin, kami naman yung magstep-up, kami yung gagawa ngmovement para maipakita naman na sinosoportahan namin ang ano mang programa ng mga Local Government Units, lalo na ng gobyerno probinsial."

Agurita also sees the possibility of joining this year's TAYO Awards, and will be focusing on the field of health, citing the rising rate of teenage pregnancy in the province.

"We need to take action, to educate fellow youth, more especially women, regarding the risks and effects of teenage pregnancy. We are in pursuit to curb or to lessen the cases of teenage pregnancy in our province.

"It is very alarming, knowing that the Ilocos Region is among the regions with highest number of teenage pregnancy cases, thus we need to lessen it, and if possible, bring end to it," she added.

In addition, Agurita emphasized that their chosen initiative does not only focus on teenage pregnancy, but also aims to spread mental health awareness and livelihood development among the youth, thus calling the help of PGIN thru Governor Imee Marcos, who she takes as an inspiration in solving social ills.

The screening process will involve selecting 20 participants or youth groups, then trimming them down to 10 finalists who will be given chances to attend a week-long event at the National Capital Region for mentoring, screening, judging, and awarding.

Among the lecturers and representatives in the initistive were TAYO Executive Director James de Vera, TAYO Program Officer Ms.Patricia Matutu, and NYC Marketing Chief Division Ms. Marilou Chua and Mr. Eric Ramos.

by Ma. Christian A. Ramos

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