by Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (May 4) — The youth and the officers and members of the Biliran Peer Counselors Organization (BiPCO) in the entire province of Biliran are presently attending the 1st Provincial Youth and BiPCO Assembly held at the provincial capitol grounds in Barangay Calumpang, Naval.
The three-day activity that opened yesterday, Wednesday, May 1 is participated in by some 660 participants in the 132 barangays of the eight municipalities of the province.
In an interview with Ms. Flor Trani, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) of Biliran and Chairman of the Provincial Technical Working Group (PTWG) of the Responsible Youth and Family (RYF), the holding of the assembly is aimed at enhancing the bonding and camaraderie of the youth in this particular area in Eastern Visayas. She added that the assembly also provides an opportunity for the youth to enhance their life as young members of the community where they live because during the assembly they will be attending lectures on leadership and team building, good communication, moral values on a purpose-driven life and basic peer counseling.
She informed that the youth will also be attending lectures that will hone them to become entrepreneurs later to be able to help augment family income.
The lecture topics that will teach the youth about business skills include entrepreneurship and financial stewardship to be given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
In order to prepare the youth towards adulthood and be properly guided in handling affairs of the heart, a lecture on “True Love Waits” will be given by Pastor Johnver Eblacas of the Evangelical Church.
During the opening of the 1st Provincial Youth and BiPCO Assembly shortly after lunch yesterday, the simultaneous trainings on various skills for the youth participants likewise started.
The skills trainings which include abaca stripping, shellcraft making, candle making, puto squash making, manicure and pedicure; ballroom dancing and hairstyling were spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through Provincial Director Loreta Banario, and the Fiber Development Authority (FIDA)-Biliran through OIC Von Joseph Salas.
Later, the officers of the BiPCO, PTWG-RYF and the heads of each of the municipal delegations met to set the ground rules of the assembly, management of the daily activities and other related concerns that will contribute to the success of the three-day activity.
In his welcome address, Francis Icain, the BiPCO Vice President, thanked Gov. Rogelio Espina for sponsoring the assembly of the youth which is the first time ever to be conducted in the province. He added that the assembly will provide the youth an opportunity to be incvolved in activities like this.
The youth delegations from the eight municipalities of Biliran were introduced by Ms. Trani.
For his part, Gov. Espina thanked the youth participants for their attendance as he said that the 1st Provincial Youth and BiPCO Assembly is only the beginning of a series of activities in store for the youth. He added that if plans will push through, he will sponsor another youth assembly in October this year.
“No other group can solve the problem of our country but the youth who will soon become future leaders,” he said.
The youth participants demonstrated their skills in music and arts in last night’s Musical Extravaganza and Cultural Night.
Except for the municipality of Caibiran, youth representatives from the rest of municipalities of the province to include the group from the Core Shelter of Naval participated in the talent show for vocal solo and the modern dance.
The crowd of youth participants and the general public were so impressed by the costumes of the performers which were made of indigenous materials.
“This is my first time to see dancers wearing this kind of native costumes,” said Daryl Hope Oliver, a youth delegate from the municipality of Culaba.
The youth assembly which ends tomorrow is sponsored by the Provincial Government of Biliran in coordination with the officers and members of the BiPCO and the PTWG-RYF.
The activity carries the theme “Maayong Lihok sa Batan-on Karon, Kahayag sa Kaugmaon”. (PIA-Biliran)