Two alumni of the United States Government Alumni Association – Panay and Guimaras Chapter shine in the Angat Buhay Youth Peace Advocate Summit (ABYPAS) 2019 held at the Maison de Benilde Hotel last November 28 to December 2, 2019.
Angat Buhay is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) of the Philippines, with its co-implementors: Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, and J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), as well as its partners: Office of the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) and United Voices for Peace Network (UVPN). The summit aims to deepen the understanding of the youth on the concept of peace education and empower them to bring the culture of peace in their respective communities.
The Summit was concluded by a project pitching competition to which, our alumni, shined together with their respective organizations namely – Partido sang Mainuswagon nga Bumulutho (PMB), and Qapwa. Jose Marie Eslopor (PMB), is a YSEALI SEA Camp and YSEALI Marine Debris Expedition alumnus and is the interim Assistant Vice Chairperson for External Affairs. Their project is entitled “Isip Mo, Sagip Ko: A Project on Mental Health Awareness” in Iloilo Province which aims to promote Mental Health Awareness through a series of proactive interventions among schools in Miagao, Iloilo. Meanwhile, Angeli Moniq Siladan (Qapwa) is a TechCamp alumnae, and one of the coordinators of the YSEALI AMPLIFY-Panay. Their project is entitled “Dumala” which is a year-long multimedia literacy project that aims to change the negative perceptions of Visayans towards Muslim Filipinos by piloting a content generation training for student publications in Iloilo City to create and publish culturally sensitive and inclusive content.
The alumni association takes pride in the growth and achievements of our members. As progressive advocates, may you continue to inspire the younger generations through spreading the culture of peace and the beauty of unity in diversity. Thus, the organization is looking forward for future collaborations in the essence of community development and human empowerment.