Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division and the LGU of Catbalogan City facilitated the conduct of the 2nd Catbalogan City Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) from April 28-30, 2014 at Headquarters 8th Infantry Division, Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar.
Maj Gen Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of 8th Infantry Division and Hon. Stephanie Uy- Tan, Mayor of Catbalogan City led the closing ceremony that was held April 30, 2014 at Headquarters, 8ID. The three day activity was participated by 89 youths consisting of college and high school students of Catbalogan City.
The Youth Leadership Summit was designed to develop and to enhance the leadership potentials of participants as well as to empower them to bring positive changes in the communities where they live.
The participants of the summit underwent series of team-building activities designed to equip them with skills on how to work with others as a team. They also underwent lectures from subject matter experts about knowing oneself, the importance of family and community, leadership, human rights, environment protection, criminality and drug addiction prevention, community needs assessment and action planning.
Addressing the YLS participants during the closing ceremony, Hon. Stephanie Uy-Tan in her message, said, “You might be wondering why I am this passionate for you to attend and experience this youth leadership summit, for you to know, I was a member of the Waray Waray Youth Advocate and also attended a leadership summit when I was at your age. Hence, I could say that I owe part of my current success from the things that I learned from the leadership summit I attended and from the Waray-waray Youth Advocate. Through my active participation in various youth activities, I realized that everyone has a potential to lead and serve our communities.”
On the part of Maj Gen Jet B Velarmino, Commander of 8th Infantry Division said: “A nation makes no greater investment than that made toward the upright upbringing of its young men and women. That’s you! The success of our country heavily relies on how we have trained and educated you as your tatays, nanays, kuyas (father, mother, elders), friends partners and mentors.”
As a youth, you constitute the embodiment of the nation’s destiny, the signpost of the nation’s hope and aspirations, the emblem of our future and the catalysts of our national socio-economic growth and development,” he added.
Press Release by the 8ID, PA