TAWI-TAWI — The Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), along with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), held on Dec. 1-4, a four-day Youth, Peace, and Security consultation in this province.
Participated by 50 youth leaders that represented the eleven municipalities of Tawi-Tawi, the consultation aimed at helping the formulation of the National and Regional Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security (NAP and RAP YPS) in the Bangsamoro region.
BYC Chairperson Marjanie Macasalong urged the youth leaders to work hard and exert efforts in laying down their significant recommendations and visions in order to provide a meaningful contribution to the YPS plan formulation.
“The consultation for the youth in Tawi-Tawi was a contextualized consultation of youth perspectives and youth situation in relation to peace and security,” said Macasalong, adding that the activity completed the five-province cycle of consultation in the region.
Meanwhile, Ben Saudi Sawabi, peace program officer of OPAPP, said the consultation was part of the peacebuilding and security center of youth participation indicated in the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2017-2022.
On the other hand, Tawi-Tawi First Lady and Women’s Council Chairperson Hadja Jumda Sali expressed her commitment to support BYC’s activities and undertakings in the province as she believes in the capability of the youth in peacebuilding. “Ang kabataan ay pag-asa ng bayan,” she said.
The consultation was also attended by Tawi-Tawi Board Member Dayang Carlsum Jumaide, Commissioner Elmasia Madjilon of the Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage (BCPCH), Deputy Minister Matarul Estino of the Ministry of Labor and Industry (MOLE), and four BYC Commissioners of Sulu, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, and Lanao del Sur. (Bangsamoro Information Office)