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500 youth leaders' 3-day confab set in Caraga region

Butuan City (4 June) -- At least 500 youth leaders coming from the four provinces and six cities in Northeastern Mindanao will converge in this region's capital city next month for a three?day 1st Caraga Youth Leaders Convention 2010 at downtown hotel and convention center, it was learned Thursday.

The participants during the July 16 to 18 youth leaders convention will come from the Sangguniang Kabataaan (SK) presidents, high school and college student government and private presidents, editors from various colleges and universities, youth leaders from the business sector, muslims, lumads and church youth leaders, it was also learned.

The theme for this year's 1st Caraga Youth Leaders Convention 2010 is, "Caraganon Youths: Agents of social transformation towards 1st World Philippines Initiative".

Partner organization of the said three-day convention are the regional offices of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA), Global leaders Education (GLE) and United Nations International and National Youth Councils.

"Every committee of the said big confab is moving and everything is already set," declared Caraga Youth leader founding chair and president Rex F. Ybanez.

He said some guests coming from the national, regional, city and provincial in the government and private sector have also been invited as resources speakers during the event.

Some topics to be discussed during the convention are peace for Mindanao, environmental concern due to global warming and climate change, participation of the youth in nation building, and future of the youth in the coming century.

In another development, the National Youth Commission (NYC) is pushing for the extension of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps as it has increased the participation rate among school children.

NYC chairman Undersecretary Christopher Lawrence Arnuco bared that this program has been assessed to be reaping good fruits in the education system.

"Contrary to other program which are dole-out in nature, 4Ps cash transfer provides economic freedom to families and results to rising enrollment of children in school," Arnuco said.

The poverty alleviation program of the government, the 4Ps is providing conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve health, nutrition and education particularly of the children aged zero to 14. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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