National youth group forms its Manolo base

MANOLO FORTICH (Bukidnon News/ 03 December)— As the Sangguniang Kabataan officially disbanded on November 30, a barangay-based national youth group has started organizing out-of-school youth in this town.

Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Inc (PYAP), a 39-year-old SEC-registered organization, has formed barangay chapters in this town and is registering more out-of-school members aged 15 to 24 years old.

Maluko village chief Gorette Salise viewed this as an alternative way of organizing the youth now that the SK was temporarily dissolved.

Last October 28, President Aquino has signed into law RA 10632 which postponed the SK Elections scheduled alongside the Barangay elections. The signed law disbanded the SK after its term expired in November 30 with the next election to be decided between 2014-2015.

According to Salise, her barangay will earmark the 10 percent of the barangay budget supposedly intended for SK to the PYAP in her village. This, according to her, is her way of showing support to the out-of-school youth.

When asked for comment, DILG- Bukidnon Provincial Director Ronelo Alvarez said that caution must still be exercised in allocating  the fund.

He said that though it is now the barangay officials’ discretion to decide where the fund would go,  they should still ensure that proper procedures are done.

 Alvarez said that the 10 percent barangay fund, which was intended for the Youth Development Program, should be released only after the necessary project proposals and budget plans are submitted.

The PYAP, also known by its old name Pag-asa Youth Movement (PYM), is funded as an affiliate organization by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It was founded in July 29, 1974 and is federated from the Municipal, City/Provincial, Regional and National Levels.  PYAP was first incorporated under its old name PYM Inc and was changed into its present name in April 12, 1996.

Since November 28, the newly elected PYAP officers in Maluko has started house-to-house visits to get the number of out-of-school youth in the village.

Cheneth Cabactulan, PYA chairperson in Maluko, and seven other officers aimed to have the official listing in the barangay’s 10 zones before December 5. The said zones consist of Purok 1, 2, 3, 4, Malambago, Palawpao, Zigzag, Manlaras, Impakibil, and Sagpang.

Cabactulan said the PYAP election in their barangay was held November 13 and they are scheduled to take oath along with PYAP officials in other barangays on December 5.

An election of officials for the PYAP Federation in Manolo Fortich will also be held that day. (Shem Linohon/Bukidnon News)

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