2 Zamboanga youth organizations named as 2012 TAYO Awardees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 09:37

Two Zamboanga City based youth NGOs, I Can Make A Difference and Monte Verde 4-H Club, were named as two of the TAYO (Ten Accomplsihed Youth Organization) Awardees this year. The recognition was held last December 6, 2012 at the Heroes Hall in Malacaňang Palace with no less than the President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, handing out the trophy personally. It marked the 10th batch of winners of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) – completing its first hundred awardees.

The TAYO Award search recognizes youth organizations from all over the Philippines that make positive changes in their communities. TAYO Awards Foundation President Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said, “When Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and the National Youth Commission (NYC) started TAYO in 2002, we thought that we would soon run out of organizations and the youth will continue coming up with the same projects as before. But we are continuously surprised with the variety of projects and the number of organizations and their locations. It seems that in every corner of the country, and for every issue that our countrymen have faced, there is a youth organization working to alleviate the problem.”

Youth Commissioner Georgina Nava, the Chairperson of the TAYO 10 National Organizing Committee, surmised that “Based on the project entries that we went through during the national judging, we witness the growth of agriculture and social entrepreneurship-related projects. Whenever our youth encounters a problem in their community, they are able to come up with various innovative solutions that address the issue. Sama-samang tumaTAYO ang mga kabataan at tumutulong sa kapwa Pilipino para sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa.“

In an emotion-filled response delivered on behalf of the national finalists, Meryl Grace Agudelo from I CAN Make A Difference, Incorporated re-affirmed the youth’s commitment in helping solve the problems of their communities and in effect, the entire nation. “TAYO Awards paved the way to gather twenty young people who wish the same things. A progressive and empowered Filipino communities…Gone are the days of band aid solutions to social problems—we further address constant bottlenecks of our communities through innovation, creating more opportunities through social enterprises, education, tourism and health. We employed frameworks which are sustainable with measurable impact. We do this only because we love our country.”

I Can Make A Difference is a social entreprise witht people with disabilities. It involves recylcing and processing used plastic bags into sturdy ECObags. Monte Verde 4-H Club helps young farmers and their families improve their earnings not only through agricultural training for better yields, but processing their crops for better earnings. The other awardees are Angat Kabataan, CBA Kalipunan and Junior Marketing Executives, Cebuano Youth Ambassadors, Dire Husi Initiatives,La Salle Debate Society, One Million Lights Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University-Electrical Engineering Society, and the University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise

Each group each received Php 50,000 and a trophy specially-handcrafted by internationally-awarded artist Toym DeLeon Imao. The TAYO Year 10 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan, and the National Youth Commission. Presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, it is sponsored by SMART, Jollibee, Cebu Pacific, Cemex, Lenovo, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The search is supported by the Philippine Council of Young Leaders in Governance (PCYLG).

By Dante Corteza