04 September 2013 – The annual Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations received a total of 272 entries—probably the highest number for any award-giving body for the youth in the Philippines—from all corners of the country easily representing a great mixture of youth organizations. This number reflects how younger Filipinos are taking part in nation-building from the grass root level, proving that their influence and civic participation is not confined on the screens of their computers, tablets, and smartphones to create pockets of change. This year’s roster of organizations is composed of student organizations, out-of-school youth groups, community-based clubs, youth-led social enterprises, and youth-focused NGOs and CSOs.
Last August 22 and 23, the Area Screening was held at the National Youth Commission in Quezon City where multi-sectoral panels were convened to screen entries from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Each of the screeners reviewed and scored this year’s entries based on (1) the impact of project on stakeholders, (2) how the project harnessed the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship, (3) creativity and innovation, (4) sustainability, and (5) effective use of resources.
Youth Commissioner Percival Cendaña, Chairman of the National Youth Commission’s Organizing Committee for the TAYO Search Year 11 says, “With TAYO, we are not only recognizing the outstanding achievement of youth organizations, we are harvesting stories of young people making a difference in their communities. These are meant to inspire young people to do their part in finding solutions and be a source of hope for the nation.”
One of the members of the screening panel, Gibby Gorres, who sits as the Sectoral Representative for Youth and Students at the National Anti-Poverty Commission was inspired after going through the narratives of this year’s organizations: “Youth orgs solving local issues just means that development starts in the local level and cannot be successful without the help of the community they are helping. I admire how some of the youth organizations use their field of study, such as architecture, to better other people’s lives. This just means that even those who are still in school can do a lot [if they work] together.”
When asked for an advice to those who are not advancing to the next phase of the Search, UP Diliman’s former and first transgender USC Chairperson, Heart Diño—who was part of the screening panel—has this to say: “Sustainability plans should be carried out to ensure the effectivity and to maximize the objectives and potentials of each project. And hopefully projects will have a more lasting effect in the community than just a one-time big time activity.”
Only 52 project entries will be advancing to the next round of the Search which is the Field Validation. Organizations will be visited by TAYO Validators to conduct on-site interviews with the officers, members, and their projects’ beneficiaries. Only 10 project entries from each area (NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) will advance to the Area Finals to be held in four major cities around the country from September 23 to October 4.
Organizers of the TAYO Search congratulate all youth organizations that have joined this year. The record-high number of entries shows the Filipino youths’ remarkable willingness to devote their time, energy, and resources to help and inspire others beyond the confines of their homes, schools, and social media.
Below is the complete list of project entries that have qualified for Field Validation.
- Association of Filipino Forestry Students UPLB
- Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club
- Junior Finance Executives
- Kawil Tours
- League of Tourism Students of the Philippines
- MAESTRO Club
- Masla Hoyohoy 4-H Club
- SCIENZOPHILIACS (Education Science Society)
- Tanay Mountaineers Incorporated
- Task Force Kabataan
- Tropang Bangkarunungan
- Youth Community Service Club – Holy Angel University Chapter
- College of Communication Student Council
- FPOP Waray Waray Youth Advocates
- Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Inc.
- Hayag Youth Organization
- Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – SC Plastic Bottles Preschool Entry
- Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – SC Plastic na Bote para sa Kalinisan at Kabuhayan
- RAPID, Inc. – The Rugby Boy Project
- United architects of the Philippines student auxiliary foundation University chapter
- University of San Carlos – Pathways
- Youth First! Peer Educator Club
- Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly – Pamilacan, Bohol
- Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu
- Association of Locally Empowered Youth of Northern Mindanao
- Green Brigade of Barangay Poblacion, Nabunturan, Comval Province
- Interact Club
- JLGSAT Rover Circle Outfit
- JUANWMSU-University Student Council
- Light Cavalry Leadership Community
- Mindanao Empowered Young People Organization
- TC Youth Laboratory Cooperative
- Team BUNDOL Mountaineers
- T’nalak Youth Group
- Volunteer Service Provider
- Watershed Management Youth Council
- AIESEC-Ateneo de Manila University
- Architectural Students’ Association of the Philippines – UP Chapter
- Ateneo Chemistry Society
- Business Management Society
- Medical Missions Incorporated Student Group
- Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity
- Pinoy Malikhain
- Project LAAN
- The Love Yourself Inc.
- Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid
- UP Industrial Engineering Club
- UP Junior Marketing Association
- UP Progressive Responsive Innovative Movement in Engineering
- Upsilon Sigma Phi
- Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly – Quezon City
TAYO Year 11 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and the National Youth Commission. Presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, it is sponsored by SMART, Jollibee, Cebu Pacific, and Lenovo. The search is supported by the Philippine Council of Young Leaders in Governance, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Education.
Reference: TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc.