Pacquiao bill on summer youth camps moves forward in House

By Ellson Quismorio

Sarangani lone district Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao’s pet bill which seeks to institutionalize the holding of summer youth camps in the country’s barangays has hurdled the Committee level.

Approved by the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development was House Bill (HB) No. 3226, or the proposed Act “institutionalizing the conduct of summer youth camps in the barangay level, appropriating funds, therefore, and for other purposes.”

Sarangani lone district Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao (CONGRESS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sarangani lone district Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao (CONGRESS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Rep. Pacquiao is the brother of eight-division boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao, whom he succeeded in his House post. The Mindanao congressman is himself an ex-professional boxer.

The purpose of the measure is to provide the youth in every barangay the appropriate training in order to develop their leadership skills and help them identify their talents in sports.

It also aims to inculcate among young Filipinos a sense of social responsibility, and to proliferate patriotism.

“The youth are the next leaders and should be trained as early as possible to instill in them the relevance of being active members of the community and the importance of nationalism. They should learn how to engage in the public and civic affairs, and should be provided with fitting programs that would enable them to become leaders,” Rep. Pacquiao said in justifying his bill, which was first referred to the committee in August 2016.

To this end, it provides that a youth camp shall be held every summer in venues chosen by the country’s local government units (LGU).

The bill appoints the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to spearhead the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the summer youth camps in their respective jurisdictions.

The SK shall undertake the following tasks: (a) choose the venue for the summer youth camp, (b) coordinate with concerned institutions such as the National Youth Commission (NYC) and their local government, (c) search for qualified trainers, in consultation with representatives from local educational institutions, (d) monitor the program and provide a report to the Local Development Youth Office (LDYO), and (e) evaluate the program, the performance of its implementers, and identify the areas that need further improvement.

The NYC, SK, representatives from the local educational institutions and the LDYO–in close consultation with the Katipunan ng Kabataan–are directed to develop modules on Sports Development and Leadership.

These modules shall include (a) national situationer, (b) leadership seminar, (c) writing workshop, (d) public speaking training, and (e) sports and fitness courses, among others.