Bantayan Island embraces Capitol’s youth programs

Fulfilling Governor Hilario P. Davide III’s promise that all programs of the Capitol will reach even far-flung areas of the province, the Provincial Youth Commission (PYC) kicked-off a series of activities in Bantayan Island to introduce further the Capitol’s programs for the youth.

The youth activities were conducted simultaneously with the distribution of cash incentives to barangay workers in Bantayan island last February 15. Over P3.5 million was handed over personally by Gov. Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, together with other public officials, to 1,855 barangay volunteers.

PYC’s campaign for responsible use of social media was participated by some 200 youths in Madridejos town.

PYC Executive Director Charlton James Canoy earlier said that the campaign’s goal is for the youth to “be catalysts in bringing up to the public the right and salient information.”

The campaign started in September last year, where more than 2,000 Cebuano youth are presently involved.

According to PYC Planning and Development Head Anthony Dacalos, the awareness campaign includes the launch of a monitoring tool set this March.

Bantayan youth leaders were also gathered in a symposium the next day, February 16, where among those highlighted is addressing the Cebu Youth Development Agenda (CYDA).

The 10-point CYDA was launched during the Provincial Youth Summit in November last year, which serves as a guide for youth leaders in implementing local programs in line with Davide’s six-key development agenda.

Thankful that Capitol’s youth programs have reached their place, Jay Ann Conchas, president of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP)-Madridejos said she plans to incorporate her existing PYAP programs with the CYDA.

“I am grateful to the Capitol for extending their services here in our island. Through this symposium, I am now confident that I can rely on PYC in aligning PYAP programs with their vision in uniting the Cebuano youth and be catalysts of change,” Conchas said.

With the continued support from the governor and vice governor, Dacalos assured the youth that these youth programs will flourish.

“I am thrilled of what the Cebuano youth can contribute in achieving the province’s sustainable development. PYC will continue to aide in implementing local youth programs, and we have projects lined up until the year ends,” Dacalos added.

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