Honoring Zamboanga youth organizations through DIYES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:04

There were about 450 youth people from secondary public high school, community youth organizations, church based youth organizations, and some college students of Zamboanga City who gathered as one, enjoyed, danced, sang, and who were inspired and pledged  to support peace last December 1, 2012 at the Claret High School, San Jose. It was a delightful day to see that our youth of today are concerned about their future.

For the first time, the Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) Day was integrated in the line ups of activities of the week long Mindanao Week of Peace Celebration (which ended yesterday). It gathered the youth of our city to showcase their skills and talents in games and group presentations about peace. A memorable and inspirational “Festival of Learning” organized by the multi-awardee YSP of the Peace Advocacy of Zamboanga (PAZ).

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the DIYES (Dies Iniciativo Ya Entra na Servicio) Youth Organizations by YSP. DIYES which mean 10 is the localize version of the prestigious national award Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) given annually by the National Youth Commission. The DIYES awardees will be endorsed by the YSP to the TAYO national search next year.  Its criteria were based on the spirit of volunteerism and how their projects were sustained.

In 2010, YSP was a TAYO national finalist before bagging the top TAYO award in 2011. And recently, YSP was honored as one of the ASEAN TAYO Awardee for the Philippines which was held in Bangkok, Thailand last September 8, 2012.

Out of the 15 local youth organizations that presented their laudable on-going projects and accomplishments, 10 were announced as the first DIYES awardees. They are HANDOG (WMSU), Amnesty International Philippines, American Field Service (AFS) Zamboanga chapter, WMSU University Student Council, Zamboanga Youth for Peace Organization (ZYPO) of Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS) Main, Supreme Student Government of ZCHS Main, Interact Rotaract club of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City, Pag-asa Youth Organization of the Philippines, La Caldera Performing Arts of Recodo National High School, and the Kabataan Pambansang Samahan Para sa Edukasyon at Pagpapahalaga.

According to Aldrin Abdurahim, PAZ/YSP youth coordinator, these awardees will be officially endorsed to the National Youth Commission (NYC) to represent Zamboanga City in the next TAYO awards in July 2013. “The youth of Zamboanga have shown imagination, imagining the world in harmony and peace, having a good relationship working together in solidarity for peace”, remarked Fr. Angel Calvo, PAZ President. Zamboanga Commissioner Earl Saavedra of the National Youth Commission also gave his message to the youth, saying that the investment in peace and development initiative of the community and the government must start with the young people.

The YSP Day was part of the Week of Peace 2012 celebration from November 29 to December 5. (Thanks to Ria Razel Zamora of PAZ where the info of this column was taken and to PAZ FB for the pictures.)

Ecclesiastes 12:1. “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”.

By Dante Corteza