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200 young Moro leaders attend Lanao Congress

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MARAWI CITY — The regional government is committed to uplifting the youth across the region, and it is good to see the youth themselves are also committed to taking action,” ARMM Chief-of-Staff and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) regional OIC-Director Rasol Mitmug Jr. said as he addressed more than 200 youth leaders in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur today, April 19.

Youth leaders from different organizations across the province were present in the first provincial youth congress organized by the Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA). During the said event, the youth had the chance to engage each other not only to discuss their concerns but to come up with solutions and proposals both for the local and regional government.

Young Moro leaders in Lanao del Sur gather in Marawi City for the Lanao Youth Congress, organized by the Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo courtesy of OBYA

“It is always good to see youth leaders express willingness to serve their communities and fellow Bangsamoros, and our office is committed to harnessing that potential and building a relationship with the youth sector. The regional government looks forward to working with you,” said Amir Mawallil, OBYA executive director.

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Discussions on programs and assistance for out-of-school youth (OSY) were the highlight of the said event, with Mitmug responding to queries as the participants fielded questions regarding relevant services offered by TESDA

In response, Mitmug said that TESDA-ARMM has already gathered OSY data across the region and is in the process of verifying and targeting the needs of the said youth sub-sector. Meanwhile, OSY and other sectors who may be interested can bring the basic requirements to centers and inquire about the programs offered by TESDA-ARMM.

Rasol Mitmug, Jr., ARMM Chief of Staff and OIC Director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) addresses young Moro leaders during the Lanao Youth Congress in Marawi City on April 19.

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Photo courtesy of OBYA

Among other issues tackled during the youth congress were unemployment and underemployment, waste management, and peace and security.

“Our people have faced far greater adversities in the past and we have overcome these challenges with youth leaders at the forefront of the struggle.

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There is a lot expected from the youth and looking at you present here today, I can say that the future holds so much promise. Thank you for reminding us what it was like to be a youth leader again,” Mitmug said as he thanked the youth at the end of the open forum.

Also present in the said event were Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women, Abdulhamid Alawi, ORG Records Division chief, Dim Radia, administrator of the region’s Cooperative Development Agency, Al-Trekee Dayan, Regional Sports Coordinating Office Director, and Anwar Upahm, ARMM-HELPS program manager. (OBYA)

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