SAN RAFAEL, Bulacan – Army troopers joined hands with local government units in shaping up the youth to become role players in nation building and peace initiatives of the government.
Major General Angelito M De Leon, Commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) of the Philippine Army, said that the 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion and Municipality of San Miguel, Bulacan will hold a three-day “Youth Leadership Summit” within the week at the headquarters of the First Scout Ranger Regiment, Brgy. Tartaro, San Miguel, Bulacan for 130 youths.
De Leon said that at least 130 participants from 49 barangays of San Miguel, Bulacan will undergo meaningful workshops, lectures, team building activities, and values education.
The YLS aims that these youth become advocates for peace and develop a sense of responsibility and service to others at the same time, drive them away from drug addiction, being involved in criminalities, and being influenced by rebel groups.
He said that the YLS is just the start of empowering and involving the young people in peace and development advocacies of the Army and the local governments.
San Miguel Mayor Marivee Mendez-Coronel thanked the 48IB for facilitating that YLS in San Miguel and assured that there will be a series of partnerships between the youth and the local governments focusing on peace and community programs in the forthcoming days.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. George Bergonia, Commanding Officer of 48IB, stated that the battalion has lined-up the schedule of YLS in its area of operation covering Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, and the 4th District of Nueva Ecija. — Emil G. Gamos