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UNYPAD Participates in Project Liguasan Partners’ Convergence

By: Badrodin Manalinding

COTABATO CITY (November 24, 2020) — The United Youth for Peace And Development (UNYPAD), Inc. Pagalungan Chapter and Advocates for Sustainable Liguasan(ASUL) participated on the Project Liguasan Partners’ Convergence for Youth Empowerment towards Environmental Justices and Governance in Cotabato City on November 12, 2020 at Paragon Hotel and Restaurant.

The gathering was conducted as the final phase of the implementation of the Project Ligawasan: Youth Empowerment towards Environmental Justice and Governance, and a culminating activity of the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia of the Ateneo de Davao University supported by the Embassy of Netherlands in the Philippines.

Kenny Lloyd Angon, the Deputy Executive Director of the project, enumerated the general objectives of the gathering which included showcasing of the outputs in the implementation of project, present and lobby the ASUL Youth Climate Change Actions Plan(YCCAP) and the resolution to the local, regional, and national government units and agencies, recognize the local, national and international partners of the project and to promote multi-spectral participation in development policies and programs for the sustainability of Liguasan Marsh.

In his message, Datu Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan, Executive Director of Al Qalam, said, “The project will provide various platforms for capacity development of youth leaders in Mindanao especially in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the participation in local and regional policy and plans development to uphold environment justice and to promote the sustainability of the Liguasan Marsh in general.”

Sabrina Mamasabulod, UNYPAD Layog Chairperson, expressed how overwhelmed she was upon receiving the award and plaque of appreciation for Local Partner organization (LPO).

She extend her thanks to the Al Qalam and ASUL advocates for building trust being one of their local partners.

“I am grateful to be part of this project as being one of the observers and protector of our mother land which also includes the preservation of our Pusaka in our area and that is our nature,” she expressed.

Meanwhile, as the highlight of the gatherings, the youth leaders led by ASUL Council successfully drafted twelve (12) proposed local and regional resolutions for issues concerning environmental justice and governance especially for the Liguasan Marsh.

The activity organizers assured the observance of health and safety protocols including the proper wearing of face mask and safe distancing.