YOUTH FOR PEACE COLLECTS DONATIONS FROM ITS CHAPTERS FOR ASSISTANCE IN MARAWI CITY – INDANG YOUTH LEADERS

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has fielded a new army in its quest for peace: the youth.

Instead of guns, tanks and bullets, these youth from all over the country will be armed with their appreciation of different cultures, love for nature, and their rich heritage in the war against war itself.

The AFP, together with the local government unit of Cavite, organized the First Cavite Provincial Youth Leadership Summit last May 23 - 25, 2017 held at Anuling Elementary School, Anuling Mendez Cavite. It was attended by more than 70 youth participants from the different municipalities of the 7th District of Cavite.

The Youth Leadership Summit began as an initiative to reach out to young and potential leaders and to provide an opportunity to the youth from different municipalities to get to know each other under an atmosphere of self-discovery, cooperation and team work.  The Youth for Peace is a peace advocacy movement geared towards creating an environment of safety and sanity.

Since then, the Municipality of Indang, being one of the municipalities under the 7th district of Cavite to have the first batch of graduates of the Youth Leadership Summit, has been actively participating and supporting its Youth Leaders.

As the various groups in the Philippines started calling for donations after clashes erupted between the military and the Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Youth for Peace Cavite, in collaboration with the 2ID and 202nd Infantry Brigade, has also started its first major project - the #ChocolatesForMarawi donation caravan on July 10, 2017 and had been succesfully accomplished last July 14, 2017. This donation caravan was initiated by the 10ID Youth for Peace Advocacy Movement - TABLOS of Region 11 and 12. It aimed to gather chocolates with inspirational messages for our soldiers deployed in Marawi City. The Youth for Peace believed that giving them messages as sweet as the chocolates will help to boost their morale and to serve as an inspiration for them. This caravan is also open for other kinds of donation such as clothes, blankets, relief goods, hygiene kits, etc. for our brothers and sisters who were severly affected by the armed conflict.

In response to the calls of the Youth for Peace Cavite, the Indang Youth Leaders, with help and assistance from the Municipal Mayor, Mayor Perfecto V. Fidel together with other municipal staff and personnel, have collected chocolates and other donations from various elementary schools in Indang. The principals, teachers and students of these schools wholeheartedly patronized the donation caravan project. Some individuals also participated and gave their contributions in the donation caravan project. They were grateful as they knew that the donations collected were intended for the affected families of the on-going firefights between government forces and Maute Group in Marawi City.

Senator Cynthia Villar donated school chairs.

The very generous senator thru her foundation Villar Sipag Foundation donated school chairs made from recycled plastics at the Dr. Alfredo Pio de Roda Elementary School at Calumpang Cerca, Indang, Cavite. Senator Cynthia Villar visited the school in spite of her very busy schedule to personally give the chairs as she gave an inspirational talk on the value of recycling and organic farming and urged everyone present to visit their traning facilities in Las Pinas City.
Mayor Pecto Fidel made the senator feel most welcome as he personally assisted her from the landing of her chopper and all throughout her stay in the town. This is the second visit of the Senator Villar, she was here just last December 2016 for the Indang Agri Fair.

Mayor Pecto invited for an official visit at Gangneung City, South Korea

Mayor Choi Myeong- Hee of Gangneung City invited Mayor Pecto Fidel to visit their city for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for the official establishment of the friendship city agreement between the Municipality of Indang and  Gangneung City. The said agreement hopes to foster a deeper collaboration between the two localities in various fields of development such as education, administration, health, tourism and culture. Mayor Pecto Fidel and Mrs. Fidel were accompanied by Councilor Cesar Mojica and Rural Health Unit (RHU) Nurse Loradel B. Chavez for the said activity.

Senator Bam Aquino treated for a hearty lunch!

The dynamic legislator dropped by the municipal building for a courtesy visit after giving a speech at the 100th commencement exercises of Cavite State University last June 1, 2017 at the university quadrangle. Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, in his first visit to the town received a very warm welcome from the officials and employees of the local government unit of Indang. The senator shared a hearty lunch with them, specially mentioning the sumptuous native chicken tinola while exchanging in a very light conversation with the Sangguniang Bayan officials headed by Vice Mayor Sammy Rodil, since Mayor Pecto Fidel was out of the country for an official trip. Senator Bam and his staff were extremely grateful for the short yet memorable lunch and wished to be back anytime soon.

Breaking new grounds! The 1st Indang Open Town Bike Ride Event.

The local government unit of Indang supported the first bike tour ride in and around town. The event was organized by Indang Bicycle Organization in cooperation with private stakeholders from various fields. The main objective of the event was to promote the rich and abundant areas of the locality which are not familiar to most of the visitors and even local residents through a bicycle tour throughout the area.
It was a very timely initiative to promote the Agri-tourism industry which the town aims to be known for. The organizers also wanted to raise the level of awareness on environmental preservation and protection by exposing the participants and the locals to the untapped natural resources of the municipality. Participants were treated to the diverse on and off-road trails, farm sceneries, a swim at a hidden river, free-flowing meals and full backup support provided by the local government unit. The event capped off with a free rain shower that everyone enjoyed after a great ride.

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