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Army’s Youth Leadership Summit produces 121 leaders

ONE hundred twenty-one young Filipinos from various villages of Canlaon City in Negros Oriental and Moises Padilla town in adjoining Negros Occidental province completed the four-day Youth Leadership Summit (YLS).

The youth summit, facilitated by the Philippine Army’s (PA) 11th Infantry Battalion, was held simultaneously in the two local government units (LGUs) from October 26 to 29.

Some 65 youths participated in the summit at Jose Cardenas Memorial High School in Canlaon City coming from the villages of Panubigan, Pula, Binalbagan and Mabigo, while 60 turned up at Moises Padilla Elementary School in Moises Padilla town from Barangay Quintin Remo.

During the simultaneous graduation ceremonies, the participants staged a cultural show as a creative demonstration of what they learned at the summit with the theme “Peace and Unity for Progress.”

A statement from the 11th Infantry Battalion said the goal of the summit is to develop the youth into responsible members of the community.

“YLS emphasizes values formation to make the youth morally and spiritually upright; personality development through leadership skills development, team building and role playing through exposures in various exercises and group activities; and social awareness to insulate the youth from destructive vices, lawless elements, and deceptive scheming from some sectors,” the press statement said.

Said battalion has been teaming up with LGUs in central Negros area for a series of youth trainings.

Lieutenant Colonel Ramil Bitong, 11th IB commander, said the youth plays a vital role in the community, citing the need for them to realize their full potential.

“The youth should realize the implications of their actions and decisions to themselves and the community now and in the future,” he said. (PIA)

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Monday, November 7, 2011

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