SAN JOSE, Antique – Over a hundred young people composed of out-of-school youths, students under the alternative learning system, Sangguniang Kabataan, and the indigenous people gathered recently for the Provincial Youth Leadership Summit here.
Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion, 3ID Philippine Army said the three-day event, set last Nov. 8 to 10, was intended to empower the youth in peace and development.
The participants were from the towns of Anini-y, Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, Sibalom, and San Remigio.
Hazel Joy Durotan of the Philippine Army said the event discussed topics on leadership, self-awareness, personality development, and various programs and services of the government relevant to the youth.
“May this become a stepping stone for them to become responsible adults that promote peace and development in their communities,” she added.
The event was also part of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict for the youths – for them to be aware of the programs and services of government.
Among the government agencies who shared their programs and services were the Provincial Government of Antique, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Provincial Health Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Provincial Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Education.(With a report from PIA-Antique/PN)