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Youth for Today, Tomorrow and the Future: Gov’t Troops Hosts Successful 3-Day Youth Leadership Summit


Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte – The 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion, in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Cabadbaran City, is pleased to announce the successful culmination of the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). This transformative event, held from October 07 to October 09, 2023 at Gymnasium, Brgy Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte was dedicated to nurturing the leadership skills of the city’s youth, fostering a spirit of resilience, responsibility, and entrepreneurship.

The YLS aimed to empower young minds, providing them with invaluable tools to become influential leaders in their communities. With a firm commitment to creating a peaceful and prosperous environment, the summit also focused on preventing the recruitment efforts of groups like the Communist-NPA-Terrorist (CNTs), ensuring that the youth remain focused on positive avenues for personal and community growth.

Hon. Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante – Matba, Governor of Agusan del Norte said on her statement “Unahon jud nato atong kaugalingon ug hunahunaon natog pag-ayo ayha ta mag desisyon sa atong kinabuhi. Dili nato pakasad.on ang gobyerno sa mga desisyon nga kamo mismo nag buhat ug karon nagbaguod sa consequences sa inyong desisyon. Bisan unsa paman kalisod ang kalibutan karon dili jud nato byaan ang gobyerno ug inyong improbar ang inyong tagsa tagsa kinabuhi”. (If you say now that you are having a hard time, you are having a hard time because of your wrong decision. “We cannot blame the government for the decisions you made; you are now bearing the consequences of your decision.” “No matter how difficult the world is today, we should not abandon our government, and you should improve each of your lives.”)

The activity was also witnessed by Lt. Colonel Cresencio C Gargar, Commanding Officer of 29IB, Hon. Crestin Joy Bermudez-Delos Reyes as representative of Hon. Judy Chin-Amante, Mayor of Cabadbaran City and Hon. Acrecia D Camarin, Barangay Captain of Brgy Del Pilar.

Brigadier General George L Banzon, Commander of 901st Brigade also witnessed the closing ceremony and gave an inspiring message to the participants, stressing the importance of molding the future leaders, the youth whom their knowledge, talents and skills are very crucial in making a difference in the communities where they belong. The general said in his concluding statement, “Kamo ang paglaum sa nasod busa pagtinabangay kamo mga kabantan-onan para sa kalambuan og kahapsay sa atong nasod. Naa ang Philippine Army nga mugiya kaninyo og dili kita magpalinlang sa ideolohiya sa NPA. (“You are the hope of nation, so let’s work together as intellectuals for the development and order of our country. The Philippine Army is there to guide you so that we are not deceived by the ideology of the NPA”.)

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