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PIA Press Release
2005/08/22

Iloilo youth now have voice in regional planning

Iloilo City (22 August) -- Finally, the youth will have their voices heard in regional planning, when the Regional Development Council in its recent meeting approved the resolution recognizing the Regional Advisory Youth Committee as a sub-committee under the Social Development Committee.

Earlier the Regional Youth Advisory Committee was organized with the Director of the Department of Education as chair to give focus to the concerns of the youth.

It was tasked among others to advocate policies for the youth, coordinate and monitor programs and projects and localization of youth concerns, programs and projects with the national government agencies and local government units'plans and programs.

The Regional Youth Advisory Committee will coordinate efforts with the Social Development Committee and ensure that it will be adequately represented in the Regional Development Council. Henceforth, the representative of the Regional Youth Advisory Committee will sit during the meetings of the Social Development Council.

Nationwide, the youth comprise about thirty percent of the population and with such number, they are expected to be harnessed as active partners in development. (PIA-6) [top]

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