COTABATO City (January 5, 2016)—Some Reverts to Islam comprising key leaders and youth in the City of Valencia had recently joined United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) organized by Bukidnon Provincial Chapter on Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, 2016.
The participants were first orientated on UNYPAD’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives including programs and services.
Tu Alid Alfonso, Vice President for Internal Affairs briefed the new members.
Alfonso said that UNYPAD is aiming to be an excellent youth development center in the country that promotes justice, peace and holistic developments in the society.
“We have been working for peace and development in Mindanao since the inception of our organization in 2004. We’re happy for the positive results of our collective efforts towards the attainment of our objectives,” Alfonso said.
“In UNYPAD, we are all volunteers. We work together, we spend our own resources, sharing our knowledge and skills so that we could render best services to our fellowmen based on the programs of UNYPAD”, he emphasized.
“Here, we are all brothers and sisters because we are Muslims, whatever our tribe is, whether you are a Maguindanaon, Maranao, Tausug, Ka’gan, Ilocano, Ilonggo or any other tribe,” said Alfonso.
The UNYPAD National Vice Chairwoman for Internal Affairs, Sittie Saada Sampayan pointed out that the role of women in the UNYPAD is equally important with the men.
Fareed A. Daligdig, a Muslim convert was appointed Chairman of Valencia City Chapter.
Astany Mamandog, the Provincial Chapter Chairman of Bukidnon said that after the orientation, the second part of program was the Seminar on Islamic Leadership and Management by where Engineer Saidona Lawan, Officer of the Maguindanao Cluster-2 Provincial Chapter of UNYPAD was the speaker.
Mamandog disclosed that after organizing the UNYPAD-Valencia City, UNYPAD Bukidnon Provincial Chapter will be moved to Malaybalay City to hold the same activity. (UNYPAD News)