The House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, chaired by Rep. Conrado Estrella III (Party-list, ABONO), approved House Bill No. 3226, seeking to institutionalize the conduct of summer youth camps in the barangay level.
HB 3226, principally authored by Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao (Lone District, Sarangani), recognizes that the State shall acknowledge the relevance of the youth in nation building. It shall ensure that the youth in every barangay is given appropriate training to develop their leadership skills and help them identify their talents in sports.
“The youth are the next leaders and should be trained as early as possible to instill in them the relevance of being active members of the community and the importance of nationalism. They should learn how to engage in the public and civic affairs, and should be provided with fitting programs that would enable them to become leaders,” urged Pacquiao.
In fulfillment of the 1987 Constitution’s mandate to promote and protect the well-being of the youth, the measure aims to help in identifying and honing their skills in leadership and in sports, inculcate a sense of social responsibility, and proliferate patriotism.
To this end, it provides that a youth camp shall be held every summer in venues chosen by the respective local government units (LGU).
The bill appoints the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to spearhead the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the summer youth camps in their respective jurisdictions.
The SK shall undertake the following tasks: (a) choose the venue for the summer youth camp, (b) coordinate with concerned institutions such as the National Youth Commission (NYC) and their local government, (c) search for qualified trainers, in consultation with representatives from local educational institutions, (d) monitor the program and provide a report to the Local Development Youth Office (LDYO), and (e) evaluate the program, the performance of its implementers, and identify the areas that need further improvement.
The NYC, the SK, representatives from the local educational institutions and the LDYO, in close consultation with the Katipunan ng Kabataan, are directed to develop modules on Sports Development and Leadership.
These modules shall include (a) national situationer, (b) leadership seminar, (c) writing workshop, (d) public speaking training, and (e) sports and fitness courses, among others.