BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) -- In addition to doing their part in helping the youth cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur pursued other initiatives to cultivate local youth development by forming a local youth council.
"The council was formed to tackle various youth development concerns such as health, education, and other centers of participation for youth development," SK Federation President and SK -Brgy. Poblacion chapter chairperson John De Jesus said during his guesting in the 'Bisaya Gyud' program with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday, November 14.
Through the council, concerns such as sports development and issues faced by youth learners with the resumption of classes will be given greater attention.
The youth leader also made mention of their initiatives for the city's residents in response to the pandemic. Each SK chapter used their funds to produce and distribute relief goods. As support for the implementation of distance learning, reams of bond papers and school kits were donated to schools in the city.
"Majority of students in the city opted for modular learning which is why we provided these items to our schools," the SK president said.
Upon the conclusion of the segment, De Jesus imparted to the youth the importance of remaining resilient amid the health crisis.
"We have to come to terms with the changes that have taken place in this new normal and never make it a hindrance to our pursuits in life, especially those involved in helping our countrymen. Life must go on even when facing this adversity," he said.
'Bisaya Gyud' is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar aired on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ bisayagyudph, every Saturday.
The program was initially launched to provide assistance to underprivileged Bisaya and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). At the height of the pandemic, the program also devoted its episodes to addressing various issues of the Bisayas concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Its 'Operation Tabang' is launched to extend medical and food assistance to Bisaya all over the country, especially those who suffered greatly due to the health crisis. The program also launched its Bond Paper Gift project, which aims to assist schools in rural areas in effectively implementing distance learning by providing reams of bond papers to be used for the production of learning materials.
The program also explores Bisaya music and artists, and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)