‘Peace builders’ summit held

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BANAYBANAY, Davao Oriental, May 9, 2015—Recognizing the role of young people in the development of the country, a leadership summit was held from April 27 to 29 at the Banaybanay National High School Covered Court to empower young people and make them partners in peace-building.

Some 140 participants from 14 barangays attended a leaders' summit on peace-building from April 27 to 29 at the Banaybanay National High School Covered Court. (Photo: John Frances Fuentes)

Youth for Peace Movement (YFPM) Davao Oriental (DavOr) Chapter President Fiel Melan Bulaong said the summit is like a “one-stop-shop” youth camp where some 140 participants from 14 barangays learned about their role in peace-building and how not to become part of insurgency, among others.

Haradave Orfanel, 23, convenor of YFPM DavOr chapter said young people are prone to being recruited by leftist groups, which is why the event aims to prepare them to resist such invitations.

Organized by the YFPM DavOr chapter, the summit trained young people about becoming future leaders, she added, through activities on behavioral awareness, good governance, drug awareness, environmental awareness, insurgency awareness, spiritual enhancement, team building, among others.

RJ Pandili, 21, convenor of YFPM DavOr chapter said they also want young people to know their responsibilities as Filipino youth.

He said the summit, which has had 22 runs already in Davao Oriental and neighboring provinces, also informed the youth about government projects designed to promote their welfare.

LTC Benjamin Daniel D. Tianco, Commander of the 20th Infantry Battalion, during an interview, said the youth summit is the military’s way of forming young people to become good Filipino citizens and at the same time, build their capacity to become future leaders.

According to Bulaong, the summer youth camp was organized in partnership with the local government units of Davao Oriental and Banaybanay, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The three-day summit focused on the theme: “Youth Convergence: Partner in Peace and Progress.” (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCPNews)

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