MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (PIA) - At least 10 youth organizations in Davao Oriental threw their support behind the "Powerful Youth Forum" of the Philippine Information Agency in Davao Region (PIA-11) which waged the Department of Energy's (DOE) "E-Power Mo" campaign last Jan. 18 at the Davao Oriental State University.
The 10 were the Youth for Peace Movement Davao Orietal, National Commission on Indigenous People - Youth Council (NCIP-YC), New Leaders for the Development - Youth (NLD-Youth), League of Young Professionals Davao Oriental (LYPDO);
Concerned Bangsamoro Youth of Davao Oriental (CBYDO), Movement of Adventist Students - Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (MAS-AMICUS), Diocesan Youth Apostolate of Mati City (DYA-Mati), Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation of Davao Oriental, Supreme Students Government - Davao Oriental State University (SSG-DORSU), and SSG- City Division of Mati Federation.
The groups, which sent a total of 60 representatives to the forum, belonged to Davao Oriental Youth Development Council.
The PIA-11's Davao Oriental Information Center partnered with Youth for Peace Movement Davao Oriental in drawing participants and running the forum which tackled energy saving measures.
On top of energy saving, the forum also covered discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Self Leadership, and an overview on Dismiss Disinformation campaign.
Asia Pacific Ambassador of SDG Van Jorain Rufin, president of Youth for Peace Movement Davao Oriental, expressed his appreciation to the forum organizers for instilling consciousness among youths in power cutback.
Energy falls under SDG 7 which seeks to ensure "access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all" which also covers concern on rural electrification and improvements in industrial energy efficiency.
In partnership with PIA and its parent unit, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, DOE wages the E-Power Mo campaign to develop energy resiliency at the community and household levels.
Frances Mae Macapagat, Officer-in-Charge of PIA-11, lauded the Youth for Peace Movement of Davao Oriental for its support to the event as she assured the continuing partnership with the PIA on other activities involving the youths.
DOE Energy Conservation Division chief Virgilio Arzadon spoke about mobilizing the youth as energy savers; Mati City information officer Yon Balbuena discussed "Leadership 101: Leading Oneself" while PIA Davao Oriental Information Center manager Jeanevive Abangan tackled "Youth and Truth." (PIA-11)