President Benigno Simeon Aquino III shares the stage with the winners of the 9th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards for a snap shot during the ceremonies at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace Thursday October 27, 2011.
Number of Members: 120 Location: Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Project Title: “Improving Food Security among Rural Youths and their Families”
The “Improving Food Security among Rural Youths and their Families” project of the Association of Locally Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao (ALEY NM) is a project that focuses on rallying the youth and their families in the production of organic vegetables and tree seedlings using vermi-composted organic matter as fertilizer called, SaniFert (short for sanitary fertilizer). The fertilizer is mixed with human waste, which is now globally recognized as a valuable resource to use in growing more food and trees.
Vegetable production centers on vegetables which seedlings can be grown in any available direct to sunlight spaces and are later on distributed directly to the beneficiaries. The tree seedlings, on the other hand are sold to be able to raise fund to produce more. Aside from providing seeds to grow, ALEY NM also conducts training on organization building and development, as well as organizes neighborhood clusters to help network and sustain activities.
The Association of Locally Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao (ALEY NM) is an organization that aims to empower the youths and give hope by focusing in making the barrio people productive, as well as improve local biodiversity by nurturing the land in a low-external input system and incorporating crop-trees-animals in a nutrient-cycle, sustainable manner. The organization also promotes ecological sanitation and the use of human waste as fertilizer.
Project Title: “Peace Education through Summer Peace Camps”
The “Peace Education through Summer Peace Camps” project is an initiative that aims to “build a peace constituency among children and youth through the culture of peace and framework.” It is held annually, and is being spearheaded by the Youth Solidarity for Peace.
The organization believes that by conducting peace camps, it will help instill the culture of peace in the minds of the young people, which will eventually eliminate signs of apathy and violence. The Summer Peace Camp is a gathering of young people who are entailed to eventually carry the torch of leadership in the future. They’re composed of youth leaders from different institutions, out-of-school youths, young professionals, as well as young people with special needs regardless if they are Muslims, Catholics, or are a part of the indigenous tribes.
The Youth Solidarity for Peace is a youth organization that was formalized in February 26, 2008. YSP is the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (ISMP). They have been regionally recognized for its contributions in forming outstanding leaders here and abroad.
Project Title: “Back to Greens for Health Initiative”
For rural communities like Barangay Balud in Basey, Samar, health is one of their major concerns. A lot of people in this area suffer from poor healthcare, which is why students in healthcare professions and young healthcare professionals joined forces to help lessen, if not eradicate this problem by coming up with the “Back to Greens for Health Initiative.”
The project focuses on addressing the plight of poor healthcare access by using approved herbal medicine as a means to treat common community diseases. The “Back to Greens for Health Initiative” is composed of four phases: (1) Facilitators’ Training and Workshop, which is a lecture-series on the Top 5 Common Illnesses in the community, (2) Information Drive, which included massive information dissemination on the current health state in the community, the Top 5 Common Illnesses, and its approved herbal remedies though an organized parents’ classes, (3) Green Drug Production, which focuses on teaching how to prepare herbal medicines, and (4) Backyard Green Pharmacy Project, which promotes cultivation of herbal plants in every household.
The Alyansa ng mga Kristyanong Mag-aaral – Responsable nga Balikatan han mga Kabataan (AKMA-RESBAK) was founded in October 24, 1999, and is a duly recognized student organization in the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation. Its primary goal is to mold student leaders with social conscience.
Project Title: “A CPA: Assisting Cooperatives’ Proficiency in Accounting”
The “A CPA: Assisting Cooperatives’ Proficiency in Accounting” is a project that aims to help four selected cooperatives in the Province of Aklan in their accounting functions, as well as their business operations.
Long trips that include walking and crossing the sea did not stop the ACCJPIA volunteers to render their accounting proficiency to the cooperatives which they found are lacking of accounting system. One of their chosen cooperatives is the Boracay Ati Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which is managed by nuns. The student volunteers helped the Aetas – who are often neglected by common people – by teaching them basic mathematics up to fundamentals of accounting. For the volunteers, the project did not only create an impact to their chosen beneficiaries, but also to each one of them who shared a part of their knowledge in the field of accountancy.
The Aklan Catholic College Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants is a duly recognized and accredited student organization of the Aklan Catholic College. It was founded in 2004. The organization aims to strengthen academic competence, instill optimal growth, eagerness and attitude, and develop camaraderie among members.
Project Entry: “Tatlong Libong Bayani ng Ibalong: Imagining, Realizing Contemporary Heroes of the Ibalong Epic”
In each one of, there lies a hero. Thus, the Aquinas University of Legaspi’s STAGE or the Sama-samang Tinig ng mga Aktor na Gumagalaw sa Entablado started its search for 3,000 heroes through their “Tatlong Libong Bayani ng Ibalong” project. The project is an artistical/theatrical production that involves strong framework of research, community immersion and extension, and Forum Theater.
Through the forum theater phase, they include young people from selected communities and make them part of the play’s creative process. These young people gather their ideas and put it into one production, as staged by the AUL-STAGE group. During the run of their performances, the group aims to have at least 3,000 people sign up to become modern heroes of Ibalong, an epic which tells that there are only three Bikol heroes namely Baltog, Handyong, and Bantong.
The Aquinas University of Legaspi’s STAGE or the Sama-samang Tinig ng mga Aktor na Gumagalaw sa Entablado was established on June 15, 1987. The group is composed of art scholars of the university. AUL-STAGE regularly produces socially relevant plays staged in and outside the Bikol Region.
The Cordillerans have a rich culture that if not taken care of, it might vanish and will be neither seen nor experienced by future generations. This is one of the major reasons why the University of Cordillera – Hapiyoh Cultural Group conducts “Summer Cultural Workshop,” which aims to educate the Cordilleran youth of their rich cultural heritage.
The group teaches their young participants Cordilleran music, dances, and practices for free. As a culminating activity, the participants showcase what they’ve learned through a Cultural Concert witnessed by their families and teachers. Not just that, college scholarship grants are also given to those who will make it to the Hapiyoh Mi Cultural Group given that they pass the criteria for the scholarship.
The Hapiyoh Cultural Group is a performing group of the University of Cordillera – Center for Creative Productions. It was established in 2000, and since then, they have received different recognitions. Today, the group has been considered as the premiere Cordilleran performing arts group in the region and in the Philippines.
Project Title: “The LIRA Literature and Language Education Program 2010”
The Filipino language may not be the sweetest, but it definitely is something to be proud of. This is one of the reasons why the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) has been actively running a volunteer program that aims to foster the growth of our national literature and culture, highlighting teaching of Filipino poetry.
LIRA’s Literature and Language Education Program 2010 edition was divided into two main components namely: (1) Sining ng Tugma at Sukat 2010: Pagtuturo ng Tula sa Siyam na Bayan sa mga Lalawigan (Art of Rhyme and Meter 2010: Teaching Poetry in Nine Towns in the Provinces) and (2) Klinikang Pampanulaan ng LIRA 2010 (LIRA Filipino Poetry Clinic 2010). There 500 beneficiaries which include teachers and high school and college students, as well as aspiring writers from all over Luzon.
The Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) was founded in 1985 by a group of young poets and their mentor National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. It is the oldest organization of poets in Filipino. LIRA is tagged as one of the country’s premiere literary organizations, and a non-profit, volunteer-run education NGO.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first among the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ. For Christians, to be baptized is to become a member of the church. In a depressed community in Alabang, Muntinlupa, getting the kids baptized seemed to be last on their parents’ to-do-list. Not because they do not want their kids to receive the Holy Sacrament, but they just can’t afford it.
This situation led the Indak ng Kabataan Youth Organization to organize an “Organisadong Binyagan,” which focuses on kids ages 3 and above in their community to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. The group raised money to fund the project by joining dance contests, cleaning canals in nearby communities, and through support from some City officials. The project run through not just once, but thrice.
The Indak ng Kabataan Youth Organization was founded on July 26, 2006 in a depressed area in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The organization aims to help their community through projects that focus on the youth. The group started with at least 60% of its members was “drug addict.” Today, the IKYO proved that there’s always a room for change. Thus, the once “perwisyo sa komunidad” is now the “pag-asa ng bayan.”