By MB Online
BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur— The Youth for Peace movement’s Propelling Our Inherited Nation through our Youth (POINTY) organization, Sangguniang Kabataan Federations in Agusan and Surigao del Sur, and the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) aided the Cotabato earthquake victims by donating relief goods delivered Monday by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Agusan del Sur Chapter at Makilala and Kidapawan City.
“The greater role of the Youth in nation-building involves positive activism and peace-building and answering the call to help those in need through genuine and relevant social responsibility. This is a far better way than militancy, vandalism, street demonstrations and fault finding, “Roberto Laurente, Jr., Division-wide POINTY President, said.
The youth volunteers were graduates of the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), a youth training program sanctioned by the government aimed at enhancing their leadership skills, good citizenship and patriotism, cooperation and participation to peace-building activities.
YLS also provides the youth a balanced perspective towards approaching social issues affecting the society and equips them to think critically to get rid of radicalized youth groups which could poison their minds.
Involved in the relief operations were POINTY and SK Federation organizations from Carrascal, Tandag, Tago, Bayabas, Marihatag San Agustin, in Surigao and Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur along with other volunteers from the Local Government Units and residents from the said provinces.
Lieutenant Colonel Joey B. Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer expressed his great admiration to the youth volunteers, sponsors and to PNRC Agusan Chapter administrator, Darwina Ligan.
“This is the kind of youth we need today, those who are in towards peace and nation-building and those who can be part to the country’s solution towards the many issues we face, rather than those who cause rebellion, divisiveness and destruction,” LTC Baybayan, said.
“We also thank the LGUs, the Philippine Red Cross, benefactors and other volunteers for providing the goods and taking care of the delivery to our affected brothers and sisters in Cotabato. May the Good Lord bless you all, “ LTC Baybayan, ended.