COTABATO City (November 16, 2013) – The Cotabato City chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted an orientation for the newly organized youth of Barangay Rosary Height no. 3, Cotabato City with some students from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC). There were 20 youth participants from diverse academic orientation of both Arabic and secular education.
Yusoph Lumambas, Secretary General of the UNYPAD, welcomed the participants. He shared some verses of the Holy Scripture on why there is a need to organize community.
“Basically the main reason for the existence of this UNYPAD program which is the organizing is for us to become united and a serve as a catalyst for change…forbidding what is wrong and enjoining what is right,” Lumambas said.
The UNYPAD National Vice President for Internal Affairs, Tu Alfonso, gave an overall input about UNYPAD vision, mission and objectives. Alfonso shared his previous experiences in organizing the City of Cotabato during their time as he chaired the City chapter.
“There’s a lot of a challenges in organizing this City because, at that time, gangs is most prevalence group of youth and there were incidents that this group sometimes involved in petty crimes,” Alfonso said.
“I am thankful that I became a member of this peace organization and by having total grasp on its objectives, and later, we’re able to re-unite youth that has conflicts with another groups, but before that, we even oftentimes targets of abuses by the gang members,” he added.
Alfonso said that youth has vital role to play for the future of Bangsamoro people in the new Bangsamoro.
“We need to observe an extreme sacrifice now that we understand the essence of organizing youth in our own community because we cannot do this alone, and in transforming our negative situation to become positive, we need to work together,” Alfonso said further.
Abdul-Alim Talusob, UNYPAD City Secretary, said that after the orientation they (participants) are willing to become a member.
“They asked me about the membership application forms to signify their interest for becoming a member of our organization,” Talusob said in a phone call conversation.
Mohamiden Solaiman, Cotabato City chapter President, extended his thanks to the leadership of UNYPAD national chapter by providing some assistance and to the participants as well. (UNYPAD news)