COTABATO CITY– An officer of the Active Moro Alliance for Development (AMAD), Inc. highlighted its several initiatives aiming at capacitating the youth during the Bangsamoro Youth Hours’ 20th episode, Thursday, May 19.
Mociara A. Usop, executive secretary of AMAD, Inc., said the organization centered its advocacy on its core principle PEACE, which conveys Peacebuilding, Empowerment, Awareness, Civic (engagements), and Education.
Moreover, AMAD engages with different trainings and capacity development opportunities offered by the BYC.
AMAD also conducted activities to alleviate the effects of Covid-19 such as relief operations, distribution of hygiene kits, faith-based initiatives, and capacity building, among others.
Meanwhile, Usop shed light on the struggles and challenges of the organization, emphasizing the importance of continuous effort and participation of members as an ultimate factor in resolving such various concerns.
“Challenges are normal. However, if members continue to support each other, these obstacles will be unraveled by the Almighty’s will,” she said.
“Youth participation is essential. Mahahanap ng ating mga kapwa kabataan ang kanilang mga sarili through discovering their potentials that are useful in the community. Our contribution is priceless. We have to involve ourselves in addressing the issues of our community because we are part of it. Whatever the outcome will be, it’s always the youth who will primarily be affected,” she added.
Conculding her talk, Usop stressed the significance of youth organizations in the realization of the Bangsamoro cause.
“Organizations play an important role in sustaining the Bangsamoro struggle according to its principles and advocacies, especially it empowers the youth in many ways that will help them be capacitated as the future leader of the Bangsa,” Usop said.
“Kaya’t huwag po tayong tumigil mangarap, huwag tayong tumigil na mag-isip at gumawa ng mga inisyatibo na makatutulong sa ating kapwa’t komunidad. Magpursige po tayo habang tayo’y malakas pa. ito ay para sa Bangsamoro,” Usop emphasized.
AMAD is a nonprofit, non-partisan, and a non-government organization registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), founded in 2019 by few young professionals.
It was formerly known as United Youth Advocates for Good Governance (UYAG) later changed to Active Youth Advocates for Development (AYAD), and officially established its name AMAD in August 2020.
It is composed of three standing chapters — in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, and in Special Geographical Areas of North Cotabato.
Bangsamoro Youth Hours streams every Thursday, 4 PM to 5 PM at the Facebook pages of Bangsamoro Youth Commission and Bangsamoro Media Productions and airs at DXAE FM 99.7 MHz radio station in Cotabato City. (BYC PR Unit)