COTABATO City (February 5, 2016)—“Never give up”, this was the reminder of Mayor Muhyryn Sultan of Pikit, North Cotabato in an oath taking ceremony of officers of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Pikit Municipal Chapter on Saturday, January 30. The ceremony was attended by at least 350 youth from various barangays of the municipality and student leaders of Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST).
Mayor Sultan quoted a portion of Winston Churchill’s historic speech, “Never Give In” delivered sometime in 1941.
The story is that Churchill stood before the students and said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give in. Never give in. Never give in. Never give in.” Then he sat down. And accordingly, he continued saying similar words, then post for minutes and continued saying the same words “Never give in”.
Mayor Sultan, encouraged the youth to work harder for peace and contribute for the betterment of Moro society.
Sultan was the keynote speaker of the program with a theme “Maximizing Youth Potentials towards Accountable and Transparent Government”.
As she continued, she asked participants on why they were chosen as officers of UNYPAD. “Why are you here? Because your leaders, colleagues see you that you’re capable of leading your group,” Sultan said.
Sultan advised the group to deal with one another fairly, equally in interacting with their officers, members and the community. “You should act according to your position…as a leader, on how you do your work reflects your character, attitude and behaviour”, she added.
“I don’t want to see you being arrested by our police for committing unlawful acts and never to become member of extremist groups to fight on their side,” Sultan reminded the participants.
Meantime, Dr Rahib Kudto led the oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed officers for the 22-organized Barangays of Pikit and the CFCST school-based chapter.
The Vice President for Internal Affairs, Tu Alid Alfonso gave updates about the achievements and contributions of UNYPAD in peacebuilding and developmental work.
Baisanie Macabuat, National Chairwoman of the Women Affairs Committee also shared the reflection of her Vice Chair for External Affairs, Farida Dalandan on the meaning of “W.A.C”.
She said the UNYPAD members should be ‘Willing’ to learn, share and help other people especially the Bangsamoro, and shall also be willing to accept mistakes.
Another meaning of W. A. C. according to Macabuat, is that “A” stands for ‘Active’— active in doing tasks and responsibilities and they must also be active in responding to situations needed by the people and the community. The “C” means ‘Committed’ to work, and concern for his/her colleague and issues that affects the aspiration of Bangsamoro people.