By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY (Dec 20) — More than a hundred youth participants today completed the National Youth Commission’s (NYC) 2-day Training for Youth Leaders for Peace and Recovery of Marawi at the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) convention center in Mindanao State University (MSU-Marawi).

As a member-agency of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee for Peace and Order, the NYC is committed to contribute to the war-torn city’s recovery by empowering the local youth in promoting leadership, peace and volunteerism.

Fatma Manali is a BS Education student of MSU-Marawi seeking to contribute on her city’s recovery process. (Photo by Jason Casas)

Fatma Manali, 19, former resident of Barangay Lilod Madaya inside Marawi’s most affected area (MAA), learned about the training on how to be an instrument in fostering hope and unity despite the struggles in the process of the city’s recovery.

“These kinds of challenges are molding us to be stronger and makes us realize our purpose. It doesn’t matter who you are. What really matters is how we brave we are in facing our life’s difficulties and even what is happening in our community,” Manali said.

Manali also encouraged Marawi residents to be optimistic.

“We should all rise by helping each other. In this workshop, we found out that we can always do something to help. We, the youth, will never lose hope,” she added.

The youth training is part of NYC’s “Bangon Para sa Kabataan Program – USAP TAYO Peace Education for Communities” within and outside Marawi.

NYC also aims to establish the country’s first youth hub in one of the transitional sites in the city. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)