'Bisaya Gyud’ launches first youth camp in Bukidnon province

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders and student leaders inCagayan de Oro City and the Bukidnon province convened for the first Youth Camphosted by the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ team, held on October 24-25, 2020 at the KumaykayRiver Farm Resort, Manolo Fortrich, Bukidnon.

The said camp aims to orient youth leaders about the advocacies of the Bisaya Gyud program on its Operation Tabang and Bond Paper Gift program. Under ‘Operation Tabang’, medical and food assistance are provided to Bisaya all over the country, especially those who have suffered greatly due to the pandemic. On the other hand, the Bond Paper Gift project aims to assist schools in rural areas in effectively implementing distance learning by providing reams of bond papers to be used for the production of learning materials.

The event also provided the team comprising the Bisaya Gyud to solicit the views of the youth on the program, which can help in its improvement.
Arvin Raye Benaive, SK chairperson of Brgy. Linabo, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, remarked on how the Bond Paper Gift project will greatly help schools, especially in the rural areas.

“Modular learning is what the majority of students resorted to, especially those who live in far-flung areas where electricity remains inaccessible, let alone internet connection. Printed modules are definitely the only means of these students in pursuing their learning which is why schools must have enough resources to effectively deliver this learning mode. This initiative of the Bisaya Gyud is truly a blessing for these schools.”

For fellow SK chairperson of Brgy. 13, Cagayan de Oro City Jan Nino Paasa, the project serves as an inspiration among fellow Filipinos to take part in helping the community in times of crisis.

“The project displays the essence of bayanihan, which can motivate people to help their fellow countrymen. This goes to show that no matter how big or small the actions are, so long as it aims to help people, its impacts on the community can inspire and empower.”

During the camp, an election of officers was done to create a governing body that will oversee the welfare of the youth and spearhead future initiatives for the youth in line with the program’s visions.

Participant Suzzane Martil, who serves as the SK chairperson of Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, thanked the team for organizing the event, which will further help in empowering the youth and strengthening the relationship among its members.

“It is important for the youth to develop a sense of purpose and have their opinion and insights heard, especially if it concerns the community. The youth camp served as an avenue that gave value to those things, which we are grateful for,” the youth leader added.

Participants were given a certificate for their participation and a box of face masks upon the conclusion of the camp.

‘Bisaya Gyud’ is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar aired on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://ift.tt/3oUcxFN, every Saturday.

The program was initially launched to provide assistance to underprivileged Bisaya and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). At the height of the pandemic, the program also devoted its episodes to addressing various issues of the Bisayas concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.The program also explores Bisaya music and artists and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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