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Magbalantay Brigade: Peace activities for youth continue

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–The coronavirus disease (Covid)-19 pandemic did not hinder the continuing efforts of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry “Magbalantay” Brigade in engaging the youth in Lanao del Norte province in peacebuilding activities.

Magbalantay brigade commander Col. Rey B. Alemania shared in an episode of CORDS X podcast with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, that they conducted a two-day virtual Provincial Youth Leadership Summit in July this year.

“Bisan naa tay pandemya karon, gapangita ta ug pamaagi na dili ma-disrupt or makacope-up ta sa restriciton sa face-to-face interaction. Karong tuiga, atong gipadayon pa gihapon ang activities sa Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) through video teleconference,” he said.

[Even though we have a pandemic now, we are looking for ways not to disrupt or to cope up with the restriction of face-to-face interaction. This year, we continued the activities of the Youth Leadership Summit through video teleconference.]

Thirty delegates from the Lanao del Norte- Youth for Peace Association and alumni of the YLS participated in the summit. They are from the municipalities Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Poona Piagapo, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, and Nunungan.

Magbalantay Brigade partnered with Mark Anthony Torres from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology to empower the young leaders in understanding the core concepts of peacebuilding, violence, violent extremism, and conflict transformation approach.

Through the summit, youth participants also crafted their project proposals that will address the concerns of the community and contribute to peace and development.

“Naghatag sila ug ilahang suggestion, recommendation apil na ang proposal nila, sa mga proyekto sa ilahang munisipyo o barangay na mag-address pod sa concerns sa ilang communties from the lens or perspective sa kabatan-onan,” Alemania said.

[They gave their suggestion, recommendations, including their projects proposals in their municipality or barangay that will address the concerns of their communities from the lens or perspective of the youth.]

The crafted project proposals during the summit were ‘Promoting Woven Products from Selected Areas in Lanao del Norte’, ‘Tawag sa Kalinaw: A Safe Space for Victims of Violence’, and ‘Digital Literacy for the Youth.

Alemania said the youth were motivated to be involved in peace and development discussions and realized that they can be part of the solution towards peace, security, and development. (LELA/PIA Lanao del Norte)