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By: Rufiah A. Zacaria

DATU PAGLAS, MAGUINDANAO (November 20, 2020) — The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. Datu Paglas Chapter had successfully conducted procedures and handling of meeting with minutes writing skills training on November 14 – 15, 2020 at Markadz Al-Qusor, Barangay Damalusay, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

The training aimed to capacitate young professional leaders to sustain their part in nation-building and to fortify their knowledge and skills. Out of 26 participants, 25 successfully completed the two days training where 17 participants came from Datu Paglas chapter and 8 participants from different chapters of Maguindanao Cluster III, three from General Salipada K. Pendatun Municipality and another three participants from Paglat Municipality, Maguindanao.

Mr. Raf-raf Zacaria, Chairman of the Committee on Da’wah and Education, Datu Paglas Chapter said, “We, members of the UNYPAD, should strengthen our faith and knowledge regarding our religion for the empowerment of Bangsamoro people.”

Mr. Tu Alid Alfonso, Vice-President for Internal Affairs, UNYPAD National, stated that, “Every meeting has its best and worst of time, therefore leaders must be equipped with sabr (patience) and have enough knowledge on how to handle such situation.”

He added, “We should neither waste nor betray a time and we should forget about mindset which is what they call Filipino Time. In Islam time is life.”

Mr. Yusoph S. Lumambas, Secretary General of UNYPAD, told the participants that they must be ready in any circumstances in conducting a meeting.

He said,”Upama ka edtalu i kaped sa nakasalungat sa bemeetingan na dikamapagkayaya” (if your colleague will speak about something that is not aligned with the agenda, do not offend nor ashame him), in other words he said, “Do not kill his idea.”

Mr. Datuan M. Magon, UNYPAD National Spokesperson, gave updates in current situation in the BARMM governance.

“Matagtanu naka uma na da tanu pamun makadunggo” (though we had arrived, we are not yet in our final destination) but In shaa Allah (if Allah permits), we, the leaders from UNYPAD organization are still striving to drive a bus with Bangsamoro passengers trying to reach our final destination.”

He added, “The purpose of UNYPAD is to train youth to be a better leader for the future.”

Mr. Magon ended the training with fun and evidently demonstrated through a role play how to handle a meeting and its proper flow.

Mr. Rudy Lumapinet, the Secretary on Environment and Natural Resources, UNYPAD National, expressed, “We, from the national level will never be tired on supporting trainings and workshops for the development of Bangsamoro youth to transform them in the future”

Mr.  Akmad Musa, the Provincial Chairman of UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-3, showed his deep support to trainings and workshops.

“Sekanu a mga kabataan na da kanu malugat sakatuntot sa ilmu, apiya sekami a dikena den youth na bamangagi pa mun (youth should not be tired of gaining knowledge. Indeed, even us who are no longer a youth are still striving to learn),” he said in local vernacular.

On the other hand, Ustadz Norsalin Patacpan, Provincial Chairman of North Cotabato Cluster 3, who visited the event along with Mr. Magon said, “Su purpose na UNYPAD namakaaden sa leader a mapia endu magilek kanu Allah subhanahu wa taallah. (The purpose of UNYPAD is to develop a faithful and great leader who has fear of God).

The program ended with message from Mr. Burhan Kutea, UNYPAD Municipal Chairman of Kabacan and his treasurer Mr. Nasron Salik together with Mr. Jimson Lumapinet, Technical Consultant of DatuPaglas Chapter, expressing their support.

They congratulated Datu Paglas chapter for another successful activity that was done.

Meanwhile, the municipal chapter has its lined up activities to be completed by the end of 2020 as part of its initiatives in strengthening programs and services of the UNYPAD.