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Filipino Youth Powers Nation Building With DO Machines

Ten winner organizations utilize their Lenovo PCs to further accomplish goals in helping the youth and their communities

Manila, Philippines — If proactive doers such as the recipients of the 9th TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards are capable of great achievements even with little resources, think how much more they can do when they have innovative technology as their ally.

At the 2011 TAYO Awards—the country’s leading annual award for exceptional Filipino youth organizations—Lenovo Philippines gave each of the winners a Lenovo IdeaPad S100 netbook. In addition, one Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 was given to the winner of the special IT Category award. As the exclusive technology partner, Lenovo also provided all the computers throughout the screening, evaluation and tabulation of entries of the youth organizations whose innovative programs and valuable projects have contributed to the development of their communities.

Months after the awarding ceremonies, the ten groups that bested more than 200 candidates prove to be more inspired and empowered to face the challenges as they go back to the communities they serve. This time, they have the trophy, the cash grant, the recognition, and the devices to help them.

Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines, said, “The recipients of the TAYO Awards have exemplified how the youth are indeed ‘DO-ers’—active participants of nation building. With highly functional Lenovo PCs in their hands, coupled with their deep commitment to impact society positively, we know that the youth can exhibit far more than just possibilities, but real accomplishments and tangible achievements.”

Continuing their advocacies

 

  The essence of Lenovo’s ‘For Those Who Do’ campaign is perfectly captured by the TAYO Awards, whose winners are chosen based on the project’s creativity, innovation, sustainability, effective use of resources, spirit of volunteerism, and impact on stakeholders. Quite aptly, Lenovo products are for “DO-ers,” people who live to seize opportunities and see technology as an integral part of their lives and a tool to help them achieve their goals.

Norhashim Ulangkaya, founder and national president of the Young Mindanawans Peace Builders (YMPB), one of the winning organizations, said, “This award [allows] us to work more on youth empowerment. It motivates us to continue our cause and sustain our projects.” YMPB advocates sustainable peace and development in conflict-ridden Maguindanao. Their large membership base (148,291) requires an organized data base the officers can quickly update and access, which they can now easily do using the laptop they received as part of the prizes.

“We use technology, especially social media, to continue our advocacies on social issues,” shared Roe Jalimao, artistic director of LegazpiCity’s AUL-S.T.A.G.E. (Sama-samang Tinig ng mga Aktor na Gumagalaw sa Entablado). AUL-STAGE produces plays excerpted from epics, such as the Bicol’s Ibalong, and involves youths from selected communities in the creative process. The members find the IdeaPad S100 ideal to bring wherever they have workshops and activities. The award is more than an affirmation of the good things that they do. “The beneficiaries and partners of our project are proud of this accomplishment and are looking forward to our next collaboration.”

Upgraded mobile lifestyle

Meanwhile, Aley NM bagged the Most Innovative Project, a special citation for the organization that has internalized the DO mindset and embodied the DO-er lifestyle with their use of technology. They took home an IdeaPad Tablet K1 in addition to the IdeaPad S100.

The group conducts training sessions meant to improve food security among their adopted communities, and to preserve nature. According to co-founder Ivan Cyril B. Sayre, they used to haul bulky charts and visual aids hand-drawn on manila paper to the training venues, usually remote areas. “It is now easier for us to be mobile community organizers as everything is in our netbook and tablet—word files, power point presentations, picture documentations.”

Being a TAYO awardee enables the group to be more confident to tell people who they are and what they do, and to more easily implement their localized volunteer programs.

Young achievers armed with DO machines

Equipped with exemplary visions, can-do attitude, spirit of volunteerism and now an award under their wings plus a powerful PC, these standout youth groups are able to intensify their campaigns in their chosen communities.

IKYO, led by president Lea Asuncion, made it to the finals because of its massive baptism program in a depressed community in Muntinlupa City. For their past and on-going projects, Indak Kabataan—whose first few members were reformed delinquents– raises funds and solicits support through the power of dance. “We’ve proven that even uneducated people like me can win in competitions such as TAYO. There is always room for change. Some of us who used to be the bane of society apparently can contribute something good to our neighborhood,” saidAsuncion. Finally having their own computer after years of renting at computer shops, the members can now accomplish their paper works faster and more efficiently, therefore soliciting support becomes easier.

To foster the growth of the national literature, LIRA runs several programs, one of which is the teaching of Filipino poetry. Phillip Yerro Kimpo Jr., president, shared: “Not all aspiring poets can attend our training clinic. For two years now we have been holding the Tulaan sa Facebook poetry contest. Our primary means of calling for new applicants and inviting people to our events is online and as such, computers play a vital role in our success.” Kimpo added: “We intend to use the prizes as well as the network we’ve built due to the TAYO Awards to bring our outreach programs to more towns, teachers and students… as well as to expand into poetry as therapy for people with illness, undergoing rehab or locked in prison.”

AKMA-RESBAK focuses on the healthcare needs of the poor as well as promotes backyard cultivation of medicinal herbs. According to chairman Christian Kempis Poleño, networking, documentation and information dissemination are crucial for their projects, and the applications of the netbook ease the members’ tasks when they have to do official transactions. “What makes the TAYO experience unique is meeting people who brought with them inspiring stories of their advocacies. Stories of success, disappointments, love, war, friendship, career, student life and plans for the future. – these are stories that have been bounded by our different regions, cultures, religions and other social factors, but have [a common thread] of passion for service and social change,” declared Poleno.

For ACCJPIA, now is an auspicious time to grow the organization to its full potential. The team assists different cooperatives in Aklan province which is lacking in accounting systems and whose members lack knowledge in business operations. “The award serves as an instrument for us to widen our horizons and continue to be student-leaders of our community. We will be able to provide more support to the cooperatives… and to have our accounting clinic… and implement more livelihood projects to our adopted barangays,” Joeby Taglay Barrientos, president, happily stated. He disclosed that the organization is endlessly thankful that they now have a reliable laptop to accomplish their tasks efficiently and effectively—a must when it comes to accounting systems.

Hapiyoh Mi educates the Cordilleran youth of their rich cultural heritage through free summer workshops on Cordilleran music, dances, traditions and practices, as the group believes that the rich culture, if not taken care of, might vanish and neither be seen nor experienced by future generations. Founder and director Maria Catbagan-Aplaten believes in equipping the group with the latest technology even as it strives to preserve the fine points of the culture they inherited. “We joined [TAYO Awards] because this is a rare opportunity for the nation to learn about the efforts of the members. Being part of the youth is a gift. You have all the idealism and strength. You should make use of your time and energy in worthwhile activities that not only benefit you as a person but the entire community as well,” she said.

The complete lists of winning organizations are:

  1. Legazpi City’s AUL-S.T.A.G.E. (Sama-samang Tinig ng mga Aktor na Gumagalaw sa Entablado
  2. Kalibo, Aklan’s Aklan Catholic College Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (ACCJPIA)
  3. Muntinlupa City’s Indak Kabataan Youth Organization (IKYO)
  4. Quezon City’s Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA)
  5. Baguio City’s University of Cordillera Hapiyoh Mi Cultural Group
  6. Tacloban City’s Alyansa ng mga Kristyanong Mag-aaral – Responsible Nga Balikatan Han Mga Kabataan (AKMA-RESBAK)
  7. Cebu City’s Industrial Engineering Council (IEC) of CIT University
  8. Maguindanao’s Young Mindanawans Peace Builders (YMPB)
  9. Zamboanga City’s Youth Solidary for Peace
  10. Misamis Oriental’s Association of Locally Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao (Aley NM).

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