Lamitan holds First Youth Leadership Summit PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 June 2012 15:41

The City Government of Lamitan through the office of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) conducted a three-day 1st Youth Leadership Summit from May 28 to 30 in Lamitan City.

Lamitan City Information Officer Felipe M. Fernando said the activity intends to inculcate positive values and attitude to the youth and enhance their leadership potentials, hoping that the knowledge and skills acquired during the summit will increase youth support to the government effort on the ongoing campaign for peace, progress and development.

The three-day activity was supported by the 32nd Infantry Battalion, 19th Special Forces Company, Lamitan Tourism Council, Department of Education, Jaycee International, Child Fund Philippines, National Civil Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, City Health Office and the Malunggay Fire Volunteer.

In his message, Lamitan City Mayor Roderick H. Furigay stressed the need of the youth to develop into becoming good leaders for the future of Lamitan.

“This will give a clear idea of where you want to go and simultaneously having idea of how difficult to get there. You are here so we can mold and harness your full potentials to become excellent leaders with proper guidance and motivation,” the mayor said.

The mayor added that he prefers to see the “youth as strength,” saying with strong conviction that while others may see them vulnerable and indifferent, he recognized and believed in the potential of the young generation as a dynamic sector of society capable of bringing transformative change and dismantling culture of violence and apathy.

He also recognized the role of the city government in nurturing the future leaders through supporting youth development-related activities such as this summit.

Meanwhile, Lamitan City Tourism Council Chairperson Rosita U. Furigay said that the youth Summit intends “to make a journey to your [youth] dream with the spirit of oneness, so that together you will achieve, to step forward and play your role in nation building.”

Activities during the two-day training include lectures on the ill effects of illegal drugs, community service, peace and development incorporating outdoor games, team building, sharing and cleanliness/sanitation, which would help hone and develop the knowledge, attitude and character of the youth as potential leaders.

One of the highlights of the activity is the environmental awareness advocacy as facilitated by Philippine Information Agency-ZAMBASULTA Infocenter Manager Felipo David G. Malcampo. He urged the youth to protect their future and challenge them to do their share in protecting and preserving the natural environment by participating and or initiating tree-planting activities in their areas.

“Be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem,” Malcampo further challenged some 150 young people from the 45 barangays of the city who participated in the event. — PIA