The premier awards-giving body for Filipino youth organizations, Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Office of Senator Bam Aquino and the National Youth Commission, with co-presenter Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, announced the 19 youth organizations that will attend the National Finals Week in Manila on January 17-21, 2016.
The National Finals week, also dubbed as the TAYO Week, is the culmination event of the Search where representatives of the finalist organizations are gathered in Manila for a series of activities and workshops. The week long activity will conclude at the Malacanang Palace on January 21, 2016 for the National Awarding Ceremonies.
On its 13th year, TAYO Awards Foundation has made the Search process more rigorous by introducing vital innovations that highlight novel youth organizations and advocacies. Five new categories have been included to identify and acknowledge the variety and strength of organizations focusing on similar advocacies. The five (5) categories are:(1) Education and Technology, (2) Health, Nutrition, and Well-Being, (3) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation, (4) Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, and (5) Culture and the Arts, Peace, and Human Development.
The top two organizations per category will be determined via category panel judging which will be held on January 18, 2016 at the Philippine Senate. The winners will be announced on January 21. Out of 362 entries this year, 110 organizations qualified for Experts’ Screening and 30 made it to the validation. From the 30 organizations that were validated, 19 advanced to the National Finals.
Representing the Education and Technology Category are the Tobog Youth Organization, University of San Carlos Chemical Engineering Society, UP Chemical Engineering Society, Inc., and UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students. Organizations under this category go beyond the models of traditional education, empowering beneficiaries to take on roles first as learners, then as teachers and leaders. Theirs are exemplary efforts that strive for the improvement of literacy, access to quality education with provisions for out-of-school youth, advancement of information technology, improving competencies, and equalizing the availability of information for all.
For the Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Category, the Instrumentation and Control Students’ Society, Tanay Mountaineers Inc., Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute – De La Salle Araneta University and Kanlaon Theater Guild made it to the nationals. Their projects stood out in effective environmental protection, climate change solutions, promoting biodiversity and ecological awareness, disaster mitigation, disaster response, rescue trainings, and other programs addressing problems encountered in both rural and urban environments.
Rebirth Outdoor Trekkers and Adventurers (ROTA) Philippines Inc., Youth Working for Change, Youth Sports Advocacy Philippines Inc. and Keep Hope Alive are finalists under the Health, Nutrition and Well-being category. They have made valuable contributions in the health sector by conducting medical missions, sanitation campaigns, fund-raising activities, sports education, and water infrastructure projects.
The Livelihood and Entrepreneurship category is represented by BNCHS-YECS, University of the Philippines Circle of Industrial Engineering Majors and Philippine Junior Jaycees, Inc. – Tacloban Sinirangan. Their projects assist communities by inculcating entrepreneurial know-how so they can establish sustainable livelihood for themselves and overcome unfortunate circumstances.
Representing the Culture and the Arts, Peace, and Human Development category are the Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth Inc. (POINTY), Pinoy Malikhain, USJ-R School Of Law Advocacy and Community Enrichment (SOLACE) and I Am Making A Difference, Inc. Their projects aim to promote peace and human development, in communities through the culture and the arts.
The search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) is the sole awards-giving body that grants nationwide recognition to youth organizations for their outstanding contributions to nationbuilding and development. The ultimate goal of this year’s search is not only to recognize the best youth organizations in the country but also to continue the foundation’s legacy of providing avenues for growth and development to various Filipino youth organizations.
TAYO 13 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, National Youth Commission, and the Office of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV. It is presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, SMART, official I.T. partner Lenovo Philippines, official airline partner Cebu Pacific, Greenwich Philippines and Jollibee Group Foundation.
The annual Search will commence once again on March 30, 2016. Applications can be downloaded via the official website www.tayoawards.net.