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Cordian leaders attended advocacy summit 2018

Article/News by: Jane Clarice Sardona (AB COMM 4)
Date Posted: October 05, 2018





Cordian leaders attended a seminar entitled “Volunteers’ Advocacy Summit 2018” with the theme “Fueled: Passing it on the Ablaze Passion” that was held at President’s Hall, San Pablo Colleges, San Pablo City, Laguna, last September 22, 2018. It is brought by the AFS, Intercultural Programs Philippines in partnership with Project Talk Hang. Mr. Rey Rodil together with the selected Cordian Leaders composed of Jane Sardona (President, College of Liberal Arts), Maria Odette Banaag (President, College of Psychology), Lanze Paulo Noblezala (President, College of Business Administration), Edna Joyce Villarosa (President, Rotaract), Vanessa Carabido (Representative, Children of Mary), Alyssandrea Asuncion (Representative, College of Teacher Education), Angelie Joy Nieva (Incoming President, Junior Ladies of Charity), Dianne Morong (Outgoing President, Junior Ladies of Charity), Aimee Erilla (PRO, Student Executive Council) and Shaila Jerish Anog (Secretary, Student Executive Council) attended the seminar.

The Summit aims to provide compassion and passion towards sustainable development thru advocacy and programs. They represent our country on many multi-national programs across the world. The seminar started with an opening prayer and with the national anthem. The first speakers are Milan and Yvonne from Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y). LP4Y is an international organization which is soaring in Philippines, India, Egypt, Nepal etc. They presented a video which showed people who stopped from school and had a lack of access in education. In response, group of catalyst all over the world shared a mission to end the problem with their three (3) sustainable programs. They provide (1) employment assistance, (2) free education and (3) free “guide” for personal development. They tackled their project “Green Village” with a motto “Together we go Further” which started last 2016 and now still successfully soaring. Green Village is a training center for out of school youth which teaches Information and Communications Technology (ICT), coaching on their resumes while helping them find a job opportunity and giving of collective guidance. The Eco-construction of the green village is also done by the volunteers. They use natural materials and renewable energy such as solar panels. Green villages can be seen in Calauan, Laguna, Cagayan De Oro (CDO) and Iligan City. There are three (3) ways in order to be part of their organization, (1) mock interview, (2) internship on their adopted communities and (3) by having the high degree of taking responsibilities.

The second speaker is Mr. Tristan Bello from the Office of the Presidential Advisers on Peace Process wherein they are the one who do the implementation of peace, agreement with MILF between our government and they conduct socio-economic development programs. He tackled about the “Six Point: Peace and Development Agenda”. They build Culture of Peace ad Comflict Sensitivity such as peace tables on Woman and Gender and Development (GAD), indigenous (Mangyans and Aetas) people. When it comes to the youth situation, they establish networks and linkages on many organizations. They provide basic knowledge about policies and helps the youth to enhance their skills thru techniques and approaches in conducting peace initiatives in schools and communities. He discussed the difference between conflict and violence wherein he stated that “Conflict is not negative or positive. It depends on the approach, but the goal of conflict is to solve the problem” while violence is the negative response to conflict that consist of three (3) aspects such as (1) perception (2) feelings and (3) action. According to Mr. Bello, peace is when there is the eradication of poverty, good governance and absence of war, resolved issues from diverse groups, fair justice and equal distribution of social services.

In addition to the knowledge towards volunteerism, Ms. Carla Monica Alajar, the city counsellor of San Pablo City taught the audience about the “6 Ways to Reconnect with Higher Self” she said that “in order to be a volunteer in any program, an individual need to have completion within its inner self”. First is spending time alone by disconnecting most of the time from social media, it is a process of appreciating what is happening in everything that surrounds you. Second is (2) feel your feelings, wherein you don’t need to always literally on what you fee but you have to acknowledge what you really feel and comprehend the proper way to response from that feeling. Thirdly, (3) keep a journal, fourth, (4) spend time with nature, fifth is (5) “release the need for external validation” in a way that not all we say is good for others. We need to be more sensitive towards the feelings of other. Lastly is claim your power, you have the power to change not only yourself but the other aspects around you.

The fourth speaker is a representative from ”Movers and Shakers of the Nation #AkoYon” named Ms. Vlair Jane S. Formento who presented the topic “Volunteers as Catalyst for Change”. She said that December 2018 is the National Volunteer month. Volunteers should have actions that are carried out freely without coercions, and financial gain is not the main motivating principle. Next speaker is Mr. Daryl Tadique which tackled about “Youth and Volunteers in the Global Agenda” which ranged that eight (8) Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the seventeen (17) Sustainale Development Goals. Their organization built a program entitled “Digital Platform: World We Want” which aims to share to the world the importance of 5Ps which are the people, prosperity, peace, partnership and planet. Another representative is from “Project 11: Be of your Help in your own Simple Way” that bridging volunteers to help and to contribute change.

Another knowledge distributed by the representatives of “TOSP: Calabarzon Outstanding Students Program” youth group that participates in nation building and they exile youth to move their aspirations into action. Their projects are (1) regional search, (2) leadership training seminars, (3) community involvement projects and (4) 5EBig Project. Related to that is the topic “Online Tambayan ng Kabataan” by the organization named Youth for Youth. They do writings, vlogging and lives on social media that can be beneficial to youth. They also raise youth influencers. The last speaker is Mrs. Kristy Sumague, the Executive Directors of YMCA San Pablo Chapter. They aim to develop young people for a young mind and body experience.

After the presentations, the students are grouped depending on the criteria of their advocacy fitted such as in environment, global mobility, economics, education, health and politics. The Cordian Leaders shared their dream advocacies and stepped up on the planning of the activities.

The said seminar taught a lot of things and distributed ideas among the selected Cordian Leaders, and these knowledge can be great stepping for them to be more expose to the word of helping thru volunteerism. These Cordian Leaders will continue on sharing the lessons that they have learned to their fellow Cordians, so that we can start and make a difference not only on our beloved Sacred Heart College, but also to the world. Just like St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, thru helping we can be an instrument to show how great God’s love is.

“Changing one life is changing everything.”- George Berning






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