PALO, Leyte Nov. 17 PIA) -- Nearly a thousand students and youth leaders coming from various schools and towns all over the province converged at the Leyte Academic Center, barangay Pawing, this town Friday, Nov. 15, to hear lectures on matters directly affecting the youth sector.
Dubbed provincial youth summit 2019, the day-long activity, which was organized by the Leyte Police Provincial Office and its advisory council, carried the theme, "The youth as co-agent of the Philippine National Police in crime prevention and crime solution."
Topics discussed included "Di Ako forever Adik Sayo", on drug addiction, by Gretchen Buhay-Aurella, chief, preventive education and community involvement section of PDEA-8; "Digital Youth ML Ka Ba?" or the role of media in addressing youth concerns, problems, by Edward Sanagan, anchorman at RMN 99.1 Tacloban.
"Paddle no more," the anti-hazing law, by PMaj. Atty. Annaliza Centino, LPPO provincial legal officer; "Ayoko sa Terror," about terrorism, by Engr. Lusanto Francisco, Jr., research analyst, NICA-8; and "OK ka," more on youth issues over suicide and depression, by Rev. Fr. Erby Davy Lajara, parish priest at San Jose parish, Tacloban City.
Questions and clarifications from the participants were readily entertained after every topic discussion, and likewise, the organizers in turn shot questions with matching prizes for every correct answer from the young audience.
During the summit, the "Kabataan Kontra Krimen, Druga At Terrorismo" (KK2DAT) was launched, where all the participants recited a pledge of commitment to act against any illegal drugs transactions or terrorism-related moves that they knew by reporting them to proper authorities.
One student shared an experience about attempts by left-leaning individuals to recruit him to join the underground cause, and he wondered how he was singled out, only to learn that his posts and comments on facebook about the socio-political happenings in the country served as a ticket for his recruitment, which he politely declined, sensing he was being trapped in harm's way.
The participants also vowed to be active in wholesome school-based, socio-civic, and community-oriented undertakings, so they can be of better service to others.
A number of them likewise signed up to join the information volunteers network (IVN) campaign of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), so any legitimate issues and concerns can be sent by text using one's mobile phone. (mmp/PIA8-Southrn Leyte)