By Lou Ellen Antonio

MARAWI CITY, July 27 (PIA ICCC) – Youth leaders from Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga City Western who attended the Youth Leader’s Network (YouLead Net) Summit held here by the 103rd Infantry Brigade have been urged convert their action into passion to curb violent extremism.

Captain Ron Villarosa, civil-military operations officer of 103rd Infantry Brigade emphasized that “the youth should utilize their passion and execute it.”

“If you don’t want something, change it. If you can change it, change it the way you think about.  More than just talking about what is wrong, let’s do something to actually resolve or make things right,” Villarosa stressed.

Among the topics discussed during the summit include the role of the youth in nation building and peace building, non-violent communication, community resilience and empowerment through media solutions, and empowering communities through communication.

Philippine Information Agency – Information Communications Command Center (PIA-ICCC) project director Franklin Gumapon cited the importance of communication in empowering communities.

Gumapon encouraged the youth to know the government’s various programs and services that aim to empower not only the youth but the whole populace as well. He also urged the youth to promote good stories from their communities.

Hanif Inok of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines- Lumbatan Chapter shares that he learned the importance of using non-violent communication. (Photo by James Umaran/ PIA ICCC)

Hanif Inok of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines- Lumbatan Chapter shared that he learned the importance of using non-violent communication.

“Tayo bilang tao, hindi  kailangan na gumamit ng dahas para ang isa sa atin ay makakuha ng benepisyo, pwede lahat tayo at sama-sama natin ito makukuha,” shared Inok.

[We, as people, do not need to resort to violence to get what benefits us.  Altogether we can have these benefits.]

This summit promotes convergence of resources and unified efforts among different government-agencies and private organizations to capacitate and mentor the youth on how they can effectively help their communities.

After the workshop, the youth will undergo immersion activities in Butig, Lanao del Sur. They will also be assisted in crafting project proposals for the development of their communities to be submitted to private organizations which can help fund the project. (LEAntonio)