By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, May 20– The Plan International and Equal Access International – Philippines (EAI Ph) recognized the 12 Peace Promotion Fellowship (PPF) youths in Lanao provinces during the Town Hall Meeting and Awarding Ceremony on Thursday.
These 12 youths implemented peace projects and campaigns for three months. These youth are grouped into three to spearhead projects namely Project RINAWareness, Project KaLAKElintad, and Peace Harvest.
Plan International chief of party Marlon Libot shared that the youth groups received grants under the USAID – Marawi Response Project (MRP).
“We also provided grants sa kanila. In this activity, they are already recipients of some grants and right now we also have the standing commitment to continue supporting them in advocacy efforts,” said Libot.
[We also provided grants to them. In this activity, they are already recipients of some grants and right now we also have the standing commitment to continue supporting them in advocacy efforts.]
These peace fellows, who are from Marawi City, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, are among the graduates of Digital Tech Camp organized by EAI Ph last year.
For this second PPF organized by EAI, Plan International provided support with funds from USAID-MRP.
EAI Ph program manager Joel Dizon said that they provided capacity building such as project management and facilitated mentoring from experts on the grassroots.
“We give capacity building project management. They were mentored by experts on the field that their projects have chosen to respond to,” he said.
Dizon also stressed the significance of mentorship to guide the implementation of the youths.
“Andon pa rin yung feature ng mentoring. [Mentorship was still featured in this program.] We want them to contextualize their projects and be guided by what are the nuisances in their community,” he added.
During the PPF awarding ceremony, Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. pointed out the importance of investing in youth.
“We must invest in youth. It is very important because we are investing in the future of Marawi, Lanao del Sur and the Philippines,” Castro said.
After presenting their projects, peace fellows also answered questions from the agencies such as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, TFBM, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police. Local governments of Marawi City, Balo-i, and Marantao municipalities also expressed their appreciation for the projects implemented in their areas. Philippine Information Agency