By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, May 2 (PIA I CCC) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) sees that the “youth hub” could help bring back the trust and confidence in the government among Marawi residents by having the young people take part in the city’s rehabilitation.

NYC Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer Julius Gutierrez has emphasized that there is a need to include the youth in decision-making.

“Young people in Marawi can actually enjoy, can gather in the youth hub to express themselves and participate in promulgating positive conflict resolution related to Marawi rehabilitation,” Gutierrez said.

“This youth hub is one-stop-shop that includes the conduct of workshops and forum, putting up an Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) place and provide a venue where they can call their own,” Gutierrez added.

The creation of the youth hub serves as a venue where young people can discuss and share their solutions to the growing issues in their community.

NYC aims to put up the very first youth hub in Marawi City.

Other efforts for youth

NYC is also pushing for capacity leadership training for young professionals that will encourage active social participation to support the rehabilitation of the war-torn city and other conflict community.

Gutierriez also cited the efforts of the government and the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for the residents affected by the conflict saying, “While the NYC has proposed to restore the trust and confidence of the people to the government, our efforts are geared toward establishing good governance and promoting unity among the people.”

Meanwhile, the NYC aims to reestablish the aspiration of young people in Marawi City that had been destroyed by the siege.

The NYC also sought to train around 300 youth leaders or more on leadership “to bring back the lost confidence” due to the siege.

NYC targets young professionals, as it considers the youth as partners in nation building.

Moreover, the NYC aims to put up a satellite office in Marawi City and other conflict-affected areas to focus on youth concerns.

NYC believes the youth can be the voice and advocates for relevant social issues, touching the kives of their fellow youth.

NYC is a member-agency of the TFBM’s Subcommittee on Security, Peace, and Order. (PIA ICCC)