Philippines' TAYO exalts Zambo’s youth peace program for 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 December 2010 14:50

The Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (ISMP), was awarded as one of the National Finalist of the 8th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) last December 9, 2010 at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace.

No less than the President of the Philippines Benigno President Benigno Aquino III handed personally the award to YSP Representative and its National Coordinator Aldrin B. Abdurahim. The amiable President was assisted by Senator Francis Pangilinan, Tayo Awards Foundation President Bam Aquino, National Youth Commission CEO and Chairman Christopher Lawrence Arnuco.

The TAYO Awards, as the search is also called, is an annual recognition program that aims to highlight the outstanding contributions of youth organizations in their schools and communities. Conceived by Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan in 2002, it awards innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges, such as ignorance, poverty, environmental degradation, unemployment, apathy, disease, and a host of others.

It is the Philippine's premiere “Oscar” award that recognizes outstanding youth programs nationwide. Organized by the National Youth Commission, the winners are chosen based on the impact of the project to the community, the social mobilization or involvement of the community specially the youth in planning, implementing and evaluating the program or project, the innovativeness as in introduction of new technologies, uniqueness of services or products and the sustainability and probability of duplication.

Abdurahim represented the organization in a series of deliberations and interviews from formidable judges in three different phases. First, the submission and acceptance of YSP’s project named SMLE (Shaping Mission Integrating Life's Experiences). He then went to Davao City last Nov. 16-17 for the Area Mindanao Finals and competed with 10 other youth programs in Mindanao, for the second phase, wherein it won as the top 5 Mindanao finalists.

And weeks later in Heritage Hotel, Manila, the discriminating judges declared the top 10 TAYO winners from almost a thousand youth organizations from all parts of the Philippines. It recognized over 160 youth organizations this year for their commitment to provide solutions to problems being faced by their community, instead of waiting for dole-outs from their elders in the public and private sectors.

In his keynote speech, Pres. Aquino lauded the youth for moving People Power forward and for opening doors to progress through technology and the power of their ideas. He said in Filipino, “Kung iisipin natin ang lakas ng sama-samang pagkilos, naniniwala akong makakagawa pa ng pagbabago. Dito nagsimula ang People Power sa EDSA, at ang People Power nitong nakaraang eleksyon. Manatili kayong matatag, huwag lilihis ng daan, at patuloy ninyong pag-alabin ang init ng pagasa”.

Last year, TAYO winner Dynamic Teen Company, through its representative Efren Penaflorida, made global headlines when CNN awarded Penaflorida as CNN Hero of the Year. Many other TAYO organizations are multi-awarded groups with a good track record of community

This year's TAYO winners get a P50,000 cash grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines as well as a specially handcrafted trophy by Ten Outstanding Young Men artist Imao de Leon.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2010 15:06