430 youth gather for ‘PYAP Day' in Puerto

Palawan News - - CITY - By Thessa Oliv­eros Cor­re­spon­dent

Some 430 young peo­ple con­verged on Oc­to­ber 30 in Puerto Princesa City for the “youth day” or­ga­nized by the Pag-asa Youth As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (PYAP). The event was high­lighted by a pageant search and an ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous speak­ing con­test par­tic­i­pated in by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Barangays Mangingisda, Man­dara­gat, Sta. Mon­ica, Con­cep­cion, Bin­duyan, Ban­cao-Ban­cap, San Miguel, and Bue­nav­ista. Maria Sin­uan, event or­ga­nizer and fo­cal per­son for the Un­lad Ka­bataan Pro­gram of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) said the youth day is or­ga­nized in co­or­di­na­tion with the City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CSWDO). “Every year may PYAP Day para magka­roon ang mga ka­bataan ng op­por­tu­nity na ipakita iy­ong talents nila,” Sin­uan said. The par­tic­i­pants are less for­tu­nate teenagers who are ei­ther from bro­ken fam­i­lies, drug users, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), out-of-school-youths (OSYs), and those in­volved in the per­pe­tra­tion of crimes. She said the goal is to have them so­cial­ize with each other to change their be­hav­iors for bet­ter lives to lead. “Ang aim ng pageant at ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous speak­ing ay to make them ex­posed at makita nila na meron din silang talent. Na nabibi­gyan sila ng chance to com­pete,” she said. There were also lec­tures on so­cial wel­fare laws, child pro­tec­tion laws, and other top­ics to teach them to keep away from do­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties. The PYAP is a barangay-based or­ga­ni­za­tion for young peo­ple be­tween 15-24 years old who are clients of the DSWD. It was first in­cor­po­rated in July 1974 with the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion un­der the name of Pag-asa Youth Move­ment, Inc. or PYM, Inc. and thus be­come an af­fil­i­ate or­ga­ni­za­tion of DSWD. Im­ple­mented un­der the DSWD’s Un­lad Ka­bataan Pro­gram, the PYAP pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers to live their po­ten­tials and con­trib­ute to na­tion build­ing.

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