Bicol civil groups use Robredo model in training youth towards leadership, good governance

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Jesse Robredo. Photo grab from Facebook
Jesse Robredo. Photo grab from Facebook

LEGAZPI CITY, 14Oct2013 (PNA) – Two civil society groups based in Bicol are putting their acts together in empowering the youth into becoming future leaders using the examples of the late Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

To start with this noble cause, the Outstanding Students of the Philippines (OSP)-Bikol and the Youth Public Servants (YPS) will launch this month its Jesse Robredo Legacy Program (JRLP) that banners its Project POGI (Promoting Outstanding Governance Initiative): A Capacity-Building Workshop for Bicol Youth in Active Leadership and Good Governance.

The workshop, which expects the participation of hundreds of Bicolano youth nominated by selected local government units (LGUs) — including provincial governments in the region, will run on Oct. 26-27 at the Ateneo de Naga in Naga City.

Modeling Jesse Robredo as good governance icon and the Naga City Youth Official (CYO), a youth program he initiated while Naga City mayor, the JRLP anchors on his leadership values in empowering youth leaders to engage with their LGUs and in providing a space for constructive engagement.

The program will have a set of activities that includes an inspirational formation on Robredo’s leadership life, a capacity-building workshop for youth empowerment, a technical workshop in drafting Youth Development Code and benchmarking on Naga City’s CYO program and socialization and networking among young leaders in the region.

A joint statement of OSP and YPS here on Monday said participants of the two-day program shall provide outputs like the action plan on lobbying Youth Development Code to local legislative councils of towns and cities; and a Naga City Template of Youth Development Code as well as Guidelines in City Youth Officials Program.

In the same statement, the two groups said that while it is true that the untimely death of Robredo brought so much pain and sorrow to the many Filipinos who think they lost a great man, his death even reverberated more the meaningful life he had lived, his many advocacies and the countless souls he had inspired.

Robredo died in a plane accident off the coast of Masbate City on Aug. 18 last year.

Through the JRLP, the two groups said they hope to produce youth leaders who shall exemplify the ideals and legacies of Robredo.

JRLP seeks to immortalize Robredo’s legacy of transformative and servant leadership, transparent, accountable and good governance, and egalitarian ethics, the OSP and YPS added. (PNA)

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