Three K-L YES alumni attended the 4th Mindanao Young Leaders Parliament (MYLP) at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, Cotabato city last December 27 to 29. The alumni, in the name of Al-Bari Macalawan batch 2006, Najat Hashim batch 2007 and Nhor Hannah Olamat Domaot batch 2008, joined a group of more than 80 youth leaders representing different youth sectors in Mindanao such as the Sangguniang Kabataan, campus-based organizations and other youth-led groups.
The theme of this year’s parliament is “Advancing Mindanao Youth Agenda through Philippine Youth Development Plan.” The event aims to empower the Mindanaon youth and enhance their role in nation building. This year’s MYLP centered on peace, development and governance issues with particular focus on the recent signing for the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).
Five committees constituted the parliament; namely, the Committee on Good Governance, Committee on Peace, Committee on Sustainable Development, Committee on Health and Committee on Emerging Youth Issues. YES program alumnus Al-Bari Macalawan was designated to the Committee on Good Governance while Najat Hashim and Nhor Hannah Olamat Domaot were part of the Committee on Sustainable Development.
The three-day event included presentations from Assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Legislative Assembly, Professor Abhoud Syed Lingga and Professor Rabbi Angkal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel, Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing and several other speakers from the National Youth Commission, Commission on Elections and ARMM agencies.
Some of the adopted resolutions by the parliament pertain to information dissemination of the FAB, youth representation in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, expression of support for the Anti-Epal Bill and HIV awareness and prevention. These resolutions are submitted to the National Youth Commission which then presents it to the President of the Philippines.