By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO City / February 21 – Enlightened by the UNYPAD’s mission to produce competent, effective and efficient young leaders, 21 Moro youth decided to join the organization after the orientation held at UNYPAD Session Hall at Purok Pinnen, Rosales Street, RH-6, Cotabato City on Friday.
The new UNYPAD members are ten (10) senior high school students from Cotabato City National High School-Main Campus and eleven (11) Community Development Interns from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College.
The said orientation was exclusively for women that is part of UNYPAD’s Programs and Services called Youth Organizing and Solidarity.
“Organization is the extension of your classroom, where youth can enhance their skills and knowledge,” said Dr. Rahib Kudto, UNYPAD President.
Dr. Kudto recalled the traumatic experiences of the Bangsamoro people during the time of colonization and the struggle of the Bangsamoro on the right to self-determination.
He encouraged the participants to know the history of the Bangsamoro citing “this determine us, Moros, on our unique identity from other nations,”
Farida Dalandan, Secretary of Women Affairs Committee (WAC), gave inputs on the organization’s vision, mission, goals and objectives.
WAC National Chairwoman, Baisanie Macabuat, imparted the programs and services of UNYPAD as well as the structures of the organization.
Melia Ukom, WAC Chief of Committee on Peace Advocacy Campaign, also delivered her inspirational message.
Meanwhile, Rowena “Jannah” Delos Reyes, Chief on Sub-Committee on Health and Disaster Management, shared the accomplishments of her division.
She further shared her testimony on how she became revert to Islam. The participants have cried when Rowena told her struggle in embracing the Islamic faith.
“When you were planning to change yourself make it pure, it means when we decided to enter or embrace Islam, we must purify ourselves,” she said.
Other National Women Affairs Committee members attended the said activity. Among them are Noraida M. Akad, WAC Vice-Chairwoman for External Affairs and Mambai Sapalon, WAC Vice-Chairwoman for Internal Affairs who delivered the closing remarks.
UNYPAD is continuously expanding its organizing activities and educating the young Moros and the members of the Bangsamoro communities on the importance of building peace in Mindanao.
All officers and members of the UNYPAD are serving the organization voluntarily lending their time and contributing their knowledge and resources to help attain the aim of the organization.
UNYPAD enjoins the Moro youth to be part of the institution and meaningfully render spiritual, political and socio-economic services to the society.