BAGUIO CITY –The youth sector plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for our nation, thus their active participation in nation-building and the fight against illegal drugs is crucial for the realization of a Bagong Pilipinas, said Secretary Atty. Benjamin Abalos of the Department of the Interior and Local Government during his message at the National Youth Convention 2023 in this mountain resort city.
“Youth leaders contribute significantly to the development and guardianship of a drug-free Bagong Pilipinas through their active participation in the process of nation-building, especially in the fight against illegal drugs,” said Sec. Abalos.
Adding, “I urge you to establish connections with other youth organizations and leaders in your barangay. By exchanging ideas, insights, and initiatives, one can generate a cohesive and constructive force that effects positive change. By uniting, we capitalize on the potential of diversity, thereby enhancing our approaches and undertakings,” he said.
Sec. Abalos also underscored the significance of collaborating with regional line agencies to synchronize the initiatives of youth leaders with more comprehensive development objectives.
“Seek guidance, support, and resources to optimize the effectiveness of your programs. By working together, we foster more resilient communities. Collectively, we can confront obstacles, execute solutions, and make valuable contributions to the general well-being of our community,” he said.
Youth Leaders: Champions Against Malnutrition and Social Ills
Sec. Abalos said that as youth leaders, they possess the ability to initiate campaigns against malnutrition in their communities and increase public consciousness regarding the significance of adequate nutrition.
“Make every effort to ensure that no individual falls behind because they lack access to nutritious food. Fighting social ills begins with education. Utilize your influence to inform your peers and community about the consequences of malnutrition,” he said.
Adding, “Remember, when you step into leadership roles, you become catalysts for positive transformation. Your passion, energy, and determination can have a ripple effect, motivating others to join the battle for a healthier, more just society,” he said.