NYC, BYC hold consultation for youth officials in Maguindanao, Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (July 14, 2022)—The National Youth Commission (NYC) with the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) held on Thursday, July 14, a policy consultation for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials, Local Youth Development Officers (LYDO), Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) members and accredited youth organizations.

The consultation, which was held at Alnor Convention Hall, Cotabato City, was attended by 28 youth officials from different towns of Maguindanao and Cotabato City.

NYC Asec. Alexa Danielle Dayanghirang said the consultation was aimed at soliciting thoughts and comments from the youth officials on NYC’s policy recommendations in 2022.

Asec. Dayanghirang presented NYC 2022 policy recommendations which include resolutions on institutionalizing plantilla positions for LYDOs, providing sanctions for SK officials who failed to comply with the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and providing mandatory pre-training on aspiring SK officials, among others.

During the program, the participants were also oriented by Mayjee Dela Cruz, NYC presidential staff officer, on the SK Reform Act amendments and on monitoring local plans of the SK.

Asec. Dayanghirang, who also serves as NYC Commissioner representing Mindanao, said the consultation series, which started in the Bangsamoro region, will continue in other regions in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, BYC Commissioner Nasserudin Dunding said a leadership conference for youth officials in Maguindanao, Cotabato City and the Special Geographic Areas will be held within the month in Cotabato City.

The consultation followed after NYC and BYC officials held a follow-through meeting on Wednesday to discuss and define devolved powers and functions.

In November 2021, the two offices signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that officially devolved “the power, authority, duties, and responsibilities of the NYC to the BYC” as a service provider in SK Mandatory Trainings and Continuing Mandatory Trainings to LYDC Members and LYDOs. (BYC PR Unit/KAA)

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