By Angelyn S. Lacambra
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) recently assembled the youth of Cagayan for the holding of its 8th Summer Youth Camp at St. Philomene Academy, Alcala Cagayan, on April 17-20, 2012 with the theme, “Timpuyog” (unity) PYAPI Cagayan.
The youth camp is a four-day event spearheaded by PSWDO and participated by Out-of-school (OSY) and in-school youth who are members of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Incorporated (PYAPI). Its goal is to provide opportunities for the youth to develop their talents and strengthen family values. This likewise aims to enhance capability-building, promote physical fitness in terms of sports activities, establish unity and camaraderie, and develop other skills through lectures, indigenous games, performances, and a beauty search.
According to PSWD Officer Edna T. Junio, the Cagayano youth are the most active individuals. “The youth are proactive especially in establishing youth activities relevant to their day-to-day lives. They are creative because they make innovations significant to their roles in the communities. Also, this endeavor is timely, for the reason that development among these youth is expected to materialize after the activity,” Junio added. Junio also commended the youth for the cooperation they showed during the activity.
Moreover, the event was highlighted with the Search for Mr. and Ms. Pag-asa Youth Association (PYA) 2012 wherein 14 male and female participants from 16 municipalities joined the search. Lindon D. Comalor of Lallo won Mr. PYA 2012 while Mai Shi R. Dawan from Tuguegarao City was crowned Ms. PYA 2012.
Meanwhile, Governor Alvaro T. Antonio awarded a total of P100,000 assistance to be divided among the 16 participating municipalities. According to the Governor the assistance is intended for putting up projects that benefit the youth. It can also help them start livelihood activities that will teach them skills they can apply in the future.
Indigenous games such as: Kadang-kadang, sack race, tug of war, Patintero, and “agawan ng pakwan” were played among the participants during the second day. Ball games such as basketball, volleyball and table tennis were also played during the activity. A cultural night was conducted on the 3rd day of the event wherein contenders from the different municipalities competed for vocal solo rendition, vocal duet, and folk dance. Cash prizes were also given to the winners.
An orientation on HIV-AIDS and Disaster Risk Reduction Management was further conducted to boost the self-confidence of the participants, educate them on the risks of HIV-AIDS, and inform them on what precautionary measures to undertake during disasters.
Participating municipalities were Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Aparri, Lallo, Camalanigan, Alcala, Baggao, Tuguegarao City, Penablanaca, Tuao, Solana, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Lasam, Sto Nino, and Ballesteros.