YOUTH Advocate Amir Mawallil was named as the new executive director of the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (Obya) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

Mawallil has also served as the former executive director of the Bureau of Public Information-Armm for more than three years.

His appointment as the new Obya executive director was signed by Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman last January 12.

Hataman believes Mawallil is “a strong advocate, especially when it comes to tackling and raising awareness about the many issues that are crucial to the Moro youth.”

Mawallil’s appointment comes at a time when the Bangsamoro youth is called upon to take an active role in their communities and to continue engaging their leaders, and he is expected to take the lead in ensuring that the youth is empowered at all levels.

“The youth is constantly faced with a lot of challenges, especially here in the Armm where poverty has proven to be a pervasive problem,” Mawallil said.

The youth advocate recognized the connection between the region’s problems and threats to the Bangsamoro youth’s future.

“Poverty makes our youth vulnerable, especially with the rise of extremism that preys on the youth’s idealism and hope,” Mawallil said.

Alongside the regional government’s efforts to make basic social services available to all, Mawallil hopes to provide more opportunities for the youth to learn and go beyond education that one gets from schools.

“We have been working hard to provide quality services and job opportunities across the region, especially for the Bangsamoro youth,” Mawallil said.

“The Obya is committed to ensuring these efforts translate to real opportunities, which translates to the growth and development of our region.”

The Obya was established in recognition of the vital role of youth in regional development and nation building.

It is mandated to develop, promote and protect the well-being of the Bangsamoro youth in various aspects, including their moral, social, and political growth as citizens. (PR)