Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – Collaborative efforts of 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion, 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion, Tactical Operations Group 1 of the Philippine Air Force and the Tadian Municipal Police Station facilitated the conduct of a 3-day Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) at Tadian School of Arts and Trades, Poblacion, Tadian, Mountain Province on November 07-09, 2019.
With the theme “Moving the Youth towards Peace and Development”, the Summit gathered 92 youth leaders coming from the different barangays of Tadian.
YLS is mainly designed to enhance the youth’s leadership qualities, role in nation building and skills as active responders to emergencies in communities. It is also an avenue for the Philippine Army to promote awareness on issues and activities of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) and their affiliated organizations.
Major General Lenard T. Agustin, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, said, “The youths, being the most vulnerable sector of society in CTGs’ exploitation, need our protection. It is by arming them with information that would shield them when time comes is the best we can do so far. One of the best ways to inform them is through the conduct of summits that we just concluded as it is a good venue for the government to provide timely and relevant information on the terrorist rebels’ schemes into luring them to the armed struggle. I therefore would like to encourage all concerned government instrumentalities not to tire in doing their part, for if we fail, the guilt will be on our shoulders for not trying hard enough.”
“As the saying goes, ‘Leaders are made not born.’ So let us mold them (the youth) and make them leaders. In the Army, we do this through the YLS,” commented Colonel Audrey S. Pasia, Commander, 702nd Infantry Brigade.
Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy P. Faminial, Commanding Officer of 24IB, graced the event as the Keynote Speaker and emphasized the importance of YLS for the youth to experience self-discovery, to develop self-worth and to awaken the leadership within them. “That through YLS, we can be assured of another batch of empowered youths who will work for nation-building, as well as for peace and development”, he said.
Part of the success of the YLS was due to the full support of the local leaders in Tadian led by Honorable Mayor Constitio S. Masweng, and the Department of Education led by Mr. Dionisio Wacdisen, Principal of the Tadian School of Arts, where the YLS was held.