IN's youth leadership training program goes national

Oct 03, 2017 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) and in partnership with the National Youth Comission (NYC) and Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a write shop for the National Youth Empowerment Training Program (NYETP) module last September 19-23 at Rivermount Hotel and Resort, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

The writing of the NYETP module was patterned after INYDO's "Sirib Express: Involving the Youth in Community Development," a recipient of the Galing Pook 2015 Award for Outstanding Local Government Program. Sirib Leadership Camp, the training program of Sirib Express, was cited for its three-level intensive leadership training which focuses on the rights of the youth as stakeholders of the nation.

In an effort to understand the commitment of the Filipino youth to nation building, the training program stressed the importance of nationalism, volunteerism, and the Filipino core values of "maka-Diyosmakataomakakalikasan, and makabansa."

Fifteen young leaders from the NYC, DepEd, and INYDO attended the training program, which revolved around providing alternative ideologies to counter extremism, inspiring youth potential and volunteerism, equipping youth leaders with competent skills, and encouraging participation from more organizations.

The five-day training tackled the history of mass movements, Filipino values in the context of effective leadership, national and local programs of existing mass movements, and basic parliamentary procedures, among others.      

PGIN's cooperation for the event is in line with Governor Imee R. Marcos' statement in her 2014 State of the Province Address (SOPA):

"If we can set into motion a virtuous circle of generosity and volunteerism, awareness and participation will ensue."

Gov. Marcos believes in acts of volunteerism as an assurance of continuing change and transformation for the benefit of the Ilocanos. Youth development in particular has been a driving point of her governorship through eliciting the voices of Ilocano youth in provincial matters.

Mr. Weenter Ventura, executive director of INYDO, said "Other provinces keep on visiting and inviting Ilocos Norte to benchmark Sirib Express because of its appeal to the development of the youth. If the youth is really the hope of the fatherland, then we should invest in them. We should provide them the opportunity to learn, to participate, and to be involved in governance and nation building."

Only last September 30 to October 2, a group of barangay captains from Tacloban City, Leyte, visited Ilocos Norte for benchmarking of the Sirib Express.

"We should set different approaches to further impart the true and deep understanding of the [training] module," Ventura added.

by Edison Justin Deus



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