MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON, August 11, 2019 – Leaders of Youth for Peace Movement (YFPM) from Regions 10,11,12 & 13 gathered at Mt Moriah, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon for a 3- day Youth Leadership Summit on August 9-11, 2019 to strengthen the YFPM network in Eastern Mindanao.

A total of 118 youth leaders from 16 provinces and 4 highly urbanized cities in Eastern Mindanao attended the summit with a theme “COMMON VISION: Strengthening the Collaboration of Eastern Mindanao’s Youth for Peace Network”.

Participants are provincial chapter officers of Youth For Peace Movement (YFPM) in Regions 10 & 13 known by its chapter name as “Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through the Youth” (POINTY) and chapter officers from Regions 11 & 12 known as “Tanan Lihok Batan-on Og Sundalo” (TALBOS). They are all former participants of the Philippine Army’s Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), a 3-day workshop aimed at protecting our youth from being lured into joining radical organizations being manipulated by the communist party and the national democratic front.

The Opening Ceremony on Aug 9, 2019 was graced by Bukidnon’s 1st District Representative Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba. On that evening, Bukidnon’s 2nd District Rep. Johnathan Keith Flores also attended and joined the youth leaders during their solidarity and cultural presentations.

On the second day, the participants listened to a series of speakers from various government agencies who talked on their agencies role in Executive Order Nr 70. Among the topics discussed were NPAs recruitment efforts in Eastern Mindanao; Youth participation on Executive Order No. 70; and the roles of YFPM in peace and development. A workhop on four thematic areas followed in the afternoon until the evening. The workshop resulted to concrete programs, projects and activities that were later endorsed to the National Youth Commission (NYC) for implementation.

At the culmination day, Lt Gen Felimon Santos of Eastern Mindanao Command, Mr Julius Guttierez-Executive Director National Youth Commission and DILG ASec Marjorie Jalosjos, as guest of honor and speaker, shared insights and delivered their inspirational messages.

ASec Jalosjos shared her begginings in politics as Barangay Chairperson and encouraged the youth to “keep their united stand and walk together to achieve their goals as young leaders”.

Another highlight of the event is the election of new set of officers for the Eastern Mindanao Youth for Peace Movement.