Around 400 members of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), organized by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in Toril A, gathered for training and fun activities in Tagurano, Toril from June 7-9, 2024.

Minda Silvano, District Overseer of CSWDO Toril-A, said in an interview with Madayaw Davao on Monday that the participants are composed of members of the Pag-asa Youth Organization who are out-of-school, in-school, and also had Moro and IP participants.

She added that the objective of the event is to develop leadership and empower the youth to become a productive individual and an asset to the community.

“Nag-orientation mi about Unlad Kabataan Program, which is a regular program nato na siya carried out from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), ginapatuloy sa atong local government unit through the CSWDO (We conducted orientation about Unlad Kabataan program, which is a regular program and is carried out from DSWD, and is being continued by the LGU through the CSWDO),” Silvano said, adding that the program’s objectives include personality enhancement/enrichment and enrichment on the economic side to help the youth become productive citizens in the community.

Silvano said that they tapped representatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to discuss Republic Act No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law). Social workers from district offices gave an orientation on the program and services provided by CSWDO about education and self-enhancement.

“Naghatag ta’g mga games and activities nga nagparticipate sila to solve a certain problem. Naa pud ta’y quiz bee and mental exercises (We have conducted games and activities where they participated to solve a certain problem. We also have quiz bee and mental exercises),” Silvano said.

She added that the highlight of the event was the search for the PYAP Gay, Mr. PYAP, and Ms. Pyap.

She said that the event was a huge success, attributed to the active participation of PYAP leaders in the barangay and chapter levels. Each of the 15 barangays of Toril-A has their own PYAP leaders.

CSWDO Toril A consists of 15 barangays.

“Very active gyud ang atong officers, very willing gyud sila to participate (The officers are very active, and they are very willing to participate),” Silvano said.

She said that all year round, the CSWDO encourages districts to conduct and spearhead activities for the youth.

In August, CSWDO Toril-A targets to have sports activities for the youth. CIO