Basilan youth leaders to take part in 28-day leadership program
Cotabato City (29 January 2015) – Youth leaders in the island of Basilan will embark on an exciting 28-day challenge for the first ever Basilan Young Leaders Program (BYLP).
BYLP is a program backed by Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and supported by the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines.
Inspired by the Ayala Young Leaders Congress, the BYLP is a youth event that will gather young leaders in the island-province from March 9 to April 5. Each of the 11 municipalities and two cities of Basilan will have a representative to take a 28-day leadership challenge across the country.
The program aims to engage, expose, equip, empower, immerse, inspire and involve the next-generation leaders of Basilan.
It features plenary discussions, workshops, teambuilding activities, educational tours and institutional visits to various important sites and locations all over the country.
BYLP is a dream project of ARMM Gov. Mujiv S. Hataman, a Basilan native – even when he was still yet out of politics. It all started when he saw the need for the Basilan youth for opportunities to become great leaders.
“The youth in Basilan are very vulnerable to influences brought by the strong presence of armed groups in the province,” said Hataman. “We are hoping that through BYLP, the youth leaders of Basilan will be more empowered and inspired to contribute in making Basilan a better place for them and their families.”
Hataman’s participation in the Eisenhower Fellowship, a 3-month fellowship program he attended in the United States in May last year, was instrumental in the realization of the program.
“The BYLP structure is a combination of different leadership programs,” said Norkhalila Mae Mambuay-Campong, BYLP program director and AYLC batch 2005 Alumna. “The 28-day journey will provide a comprehensive and an in-depth understanding of leadership.”
The primary goal, explained Mambuay-Campong, is for the participants to apply what they will learn in the program to their respective communities upon their return.
Ayala Foundation, Inc., has backed the program as it promotes youth empowerment and community development. Ayala Foundation will also be launching a program it called Leadership Community (LeadCom) in Basilan this summer. It will be introduced to the participants of the BYLP.
LeadCom is designed to bring the AYLC experience to the different regions and provinces in the country. The program empowers the youth to get involved in addressing pressing needs and issues in their local communities through projects they themselves will propose, plan, and implement.
“BYLP is the perfect program to prepare young leaders who will eventually be part of the LeadCom initiative in Basilan,” said Mambuay-Campong. “With their exposure and planned visits to different ‘Leadership Communities’ in the country, it will be easier for the BYLP participants to experience the LeadCom process.” (Bureau of Public Information)