Nowadays, teenagers are facing many difficulties. The world is an opening of a wide range of opportunities and responsibilities as they grow and some of them are left behind. To help them overcome and understand what they are going through, training and reconnecting to youth is a footstep towards success. Youths are important, not only in the community but also in the nation. They will play as role models to the next generation and responsible citizens.
After the pandemic has arrived in the Philippines, face-to-face activities, mass gatherings, celebrations, and travels were not allowed by the government for the spread prevention and this has affected the social and developmental skills of the teenagers or youths.
Some teenagers in the community are involved in using illegal drugs, alcohol use, bullying, depression, mental and physical abuse in which can ruin them later in life. In order to prevent this, organizations from government, religions, and other sectors are built to monitor them and guide them to a better journey.
In every local government, a Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) was established to allow the young people to directly participate in local governance, to enhance the social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and physical development of the youth in the country. This has been around for years and has helped youths to express their opinions towards better governance, opportunity, and chance to prove that even at a young age, they can be good leaders.
A Training-Workshop named Palawan Youth Organizations' KUMUSTAHAN has been possible to take place on March 17, 2021, with the support of the 6th Civil Relations Group, Palawan, U7, the Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Pinag-isang Lakas ng Kabataang Lider ng Palawan or PIGLAS-Palawan at Rizal Reef Hall, Gen. Artemio Ricarte Headquarter of the Western Command (WESCOM).
It was attended by overall 30 youths from different youth organizations namely Roots of Health, Red Cross Youth - Palawan Chapter, Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines - Palawan, Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) Palawan, Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) Puerto Princesa City, SK Puerto Princesa City, SK, Province of Palawan, Teen Goals, Champion Youth Philippines, Team Happy Palawan, Youth Advocates for the Philippines Region IV-B, Philippine State University Student Government, Western Philippines University - Puerto Princesa Supreme Student Council.
They were gathered together and allowed to present their advocacies, VMGO, and best practices. Despite the differences in their advocacies, the youths have shared their ideas, concerns, and opinions on issues that affect the youths on the whole day activity.
Ian Christeeve Balingit ng Philippine Red Cross Youth-Palawan stated that “Napakaimportante na magkaroon ng unity at proper communication sa iba’ibang organisasyon. Kahit iba-iba ang organization, dapat ay magkaisa dahil sa iisang adbokasiya: Ang tulungan ang mga kabataan na pag-asa ng bayan”.
He also encourages other youths to participate in programs and prove that they are the hopes of the country. Especially that we are still battling with the virus.