LICUAN-BAAY, Abra -- Some 78 youth leaders from the different municipalities of Abra participated in the province's first Youth Leaders Camp recently conducted by the Filipino Youth Ambassadors at Sitio Baquero, Nalbuan.

Anchored on the theme, "Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change", the activity aimed to provide opportunities for the youth geared toward value re-orientation and provision of spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual development to enhance their capabilities; inculcate positive values and attitudes and develop self-worth, self-esteem and belongingness, and to appreciate and be in harmony with nature.

Lord Leomer Pomperada, Regional Director of the World Youth Alliance for Asia-Pacific based at the United Nations in New York and a member of the Batch Dugong Dakila of the South East Asian Youth Program (SEAYP), was the guest of honor and speaker.

Other speakers were Prof. Michelle Melinda Ballo-Alzate, guidance counselor of the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology, Fr. Louie Tungpalan, parish priest of the municipality; Mr. Rafael Tejero & Frt. Arnel Bernardez of the Diocese of Bangued, two youth ambassadors and representative from the 41st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army.

Aside from the inputs and workshops, the delegates were also given an opportunity for socialization during the cultural night and a morning walk to Panaklisan River followed by tree planting in the watershed of the said river.

In an interview with Youth Ambassador Erosbon L. Sabedo, the 1st Abra Youth Leaders Camp was an initiative of the United Ethnic Youth Organization and local government unit of Licuan-Baay in partnership with the 41st IB, and the 40th SEAYP – Batch Dugong Dakila of the National Youth Commission. (Maria Teresa Beñas)