The class president of the SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts was elected as a representative of the out-of-school youth sector as part of the city’s youth development council last November 20.
Omar Sharif Mohamad was among three sectoral representatives who will sit at the Consejo de Desarollo de Jovenes dela Ciudad de Zamboanga or Youth Development Council of the City of Zamboanga.
“Hindi pala hadlang yung kakayahan ko na kahit di man ako nakapagtapos ngunit mas higit pa pala akong may kaya pa kaysa sa inisip ko dati na hanggang OSY na lang ako,” Omar said.
The Youth Development Council of the City of Zamboanga shall be responsible for the formulation of the policies and implementation of youth development programs, projects, and activities in coordination with the Sangguniang Kabataan and the Federation and various government and non-government youth organizations.
This is in pursuance of Ordinance No. 485: An Ordinance Creating the Youth Development Council of the City of Zamboanga which was signed approved last July 31, 2018 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Zamboanga City.
SUGPAT Program Director Kiko Miranda was a member of the technical working group who helped produce and develop the ordinance authored by Hon. Benjamin Guingona.
Held at the Palacio del Sur, the local youth development council election was led by the SK Federation President of Zamboanga City, Hon. Cary John Pioc along with his slate of officers.
“Having had seen first hand the good works that SUGPAT is doing in advancing youth development and participation in the city, we are really excited to see what SUGPAT can bring to the table as a sitting member of the council,” Hon. Pioc continued, “The youth now have an official platform to engage in local governance and development.”
The council just adjourned their first meeting following the elections and will convene once more for the follow-up of their strategic plan for the year. This is the first ever local youth development council formed in the city, and one of the first few in the country.