By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — In preparation for the formulation of the National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security (NAP YPS), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) announced that a consultation meeting has already been conducted as part of the government’s initiative to strengthen the youth’s role and participation in peacebuilding and development.
In a statement, presidential peace adviser retired general Carlito Galvez Jr. explained that the formulation of the NAP YPS is among the national government’s key efforts to attain peace and development that is anchored on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) No. 2250 issued in 2015.
Galvez called on representatives from various national line agencies to work together to ensure the safety and welfare of the youth during the series of multi-stakeholders consultation meetings that were begun last week.
“(This) is both timely and crucial, as this will allow us to strategize and formulate a holistic, inclusive, and integrated approach to ensure the safety and welfare of our youth,” the peace adviser enthused.
“This . . . will also allow our respective agencies to revisit our existing plans and programs for the youth, recalibrate and enhance them based on the emerging realities on the ground,” he added.
The series of consultations are part of the series to be conducted throughout the year that is geared in preparation for the formulation of the NAP YPS which will serve as the nation’s blueprint in institutionalizing interventions for the youth, especially in the conflict-affected and conflict vulnerable areas and further honing them as proactive agents of peace and development.
For his part, Jose ‘Kuya Joepep’ Cielos of the National Youth Commission lauded the Duterte administration for its commitment to dealing with the plight of the youth in light of the peace initiatives being implemented to attain development in the country.
“Maganda rin po siya (consultation meeting) kasi we’re looking into five pillars pero kapag pinagsama-sama mo sila, iisa lang patutunguhan which is makabuo ng framework para makatulong sa mga kabataan,” Cielos concluded. (AI/MTVN)