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"I Can Do Something!":

Youth Advocates Take on the 2021 Youth For Safety

National Youth Summit

by: Ma. Luisa A. Bautista


"…as a youth, you can participate in anything that will result in your development, growth, and significance to the community where you have influence." PCMN National Director, Ms. Fe A. Foronda, stated as welcome remarks during the National Youth Summit with the theme: "Kabataan sa Panahon ng Pandemya, May Magagawa Ako!" (Youth amidst Pandemic: I Can Do Something!) last April 10.

A total of 73 participants consisting of Youth Advocates and mentors of the PCMN Youth for Safety (Y4S) Youth Organization gathered virtually to attend the National Youth Summit (Assembly).

To bring solidarity to the participants, Ms. Foronda recommended significance to the phrase I CAN Do. The phrase I Can Do meant, 

I am a Caring and compassionate youth Advocate, with eNdless opportunities to DO good to our society.

This is a fitting mantra as all including the youth are impacted by the lockdowns due to pandemics. But this does not mean, the youth stop to make meaningful participation in doing good to society.

PCMN Youth For Safety (Y4S) Youth Organization former Presidents, Mr. Mayjee dela Cruz and Mr. Emmanuel Corpuz attended the National Youth Summit to provide solidarity and inspirational messages to the participants.  They shared their experiences as  Youth Advocates and Youth Leaders to inspire the current Youth Advocates.

"One voice, one action, one generation. Kung hindi tayo magtutulong-tulong, hindi natin ito makakaya. Your voice can make major (changes.) (One voice, one action, one generation. If we don't help each other, we can't do it. Your voice can make major (changes.)" Mr. Corpuz stated in his inspirational message.

For special participation, Singer, Actress, and End-OSEC Advocate/Volunteer, Ms. Emmanuelle Vera serenades with the song "Halo" dedicated to all the advocates and volunteers working together to help children protected from abuse and exploitation. She stated, "I just hope you don't get tired of what you are doing kasi if not us, sino pa ba ang gagawa nito. Who else is gonna help those who cannot help themselves? (I just hope you don't get tired of what you are doing because if not us, who else will do it. Who else is gonna help those who cannot help themselves?).

In the plenary discussion, Mindanao Children's Ministries Network (MCMN) Executive Director, Ms. Leah Y. Genson, provided information on  Youth For Safety, its vision, mission, and goals. She also informed the youth advocates on the organizing framework that can be used to use in local mobilization and assemblies. It was then followed by Parliamentarian / Author, Ms. Amira H. Manginsay, JD, as she tackled the parliamentary rules and procedures and Local Youth Development Officer (LYDO) Antipolo City, Mr. Cris Cate, as he discussed the role of LYDC and its importance in a youth organization, accreditation and sourcing support from the LGUs. 

You can watch the LIVE and recorded broadcast of the Summit here:

During the second part of the Summit, elected officers per cluster participated in the Break-out Room to elect Regional Officers. They gathered in the plenary to elect the National Officers of the PCMN Y4S Youth Organization.

The following are the elected National Officers who compose the National Assembly:


President:                                                               Art Nel L. Bencolado

Vice President:                                                      Gwendolyn Cortes

Secretary:                                                               Alwin D. Capales

Treasurer:                                                               Maricris G. Perez

Auditor:                                                                   Alyna E. Trozo

PIO:                                                                         Cienna Charisse Igano

Business Managers:                                              Jessa Mae Darang

                                                                                Jenny Mae Iña

Committee Head of Finance:                                Lloyd Ronquillo

Committee Head of Social Media and Publicity: Faith Monterey

Committee Head of Membership:                        Romarl Jet Chaonui ito

Committee Head of Partnership (Luzon):             Marc Gargidy A. Naz

Committee Head of Partnership (Visayas):          Carla P. Toralba

Committee Head of Partnership (Mindanao):      Jonathan G. Generalao


Watch out for more updates on the Youth Representatives, their journey, and achievements in future postings. PCMN is the technical support team for the National Youth Assembly, together with their mentors are guiding and mentoring the youth advocates. For more information, please email us at ###

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