CRISIS EXPERT CITES NEED TO GROOM YOUTH AS FUTURE LEADERS
LEADERSHIP TRAINING. Dr. Ted Esguerra talks to 32 student leaders attending the 5th BINHI Youth Camp about honor, hard work, honesty, healthy lifestyle and humility, which, he says, are necessary for leadership. (Photo by Judaline F. Partlow)
DUMAGUETE CITY — Dr. Teofredo “Ted” T. Esguerra, a respected figure in the field of disaster and crisis response and management, on Friday highlighted the need to empower the youth and tap their leadership skills as they prepare to face the harsh realities of life.
Doc Ted, as he is known to many, pointed this out during the ongoing 5th BINHI Youth Camp of geothermal power leader Energy Development Corp. (EDC) in Valencia, Negros Oriental.
Thirty-two young leaders from various schools in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental are attending the youth leadership camp, which reeled off Thursday until Saturday, with Dr. Esguerra as one of the key lecturers.
“While they are still young, we have to groom them to be leaders. Alam mo, dito sa mundo wala tayong one word for work and play (You know, in this world, there is not one word to describe work and play) but we can achieve this in the camp through different activities,” he said.
Esguerra also cited the Filipino people’s bayanihan spirit as this is what the country needs, with its diverse culture and more than 1,000 islands.
“Student leaders with different perspectives in life, different scholastic standings, this is our microcosm to bring our country together by developing the youth to employ bayanihan and to give them the significance of truthful leadership,” he said.
Esguerra, who was the medical services physician of the Philippine Expedition Team to Mt. Everest, and currently the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Unit (EDPRU) Crisis Lead of EDC, explained that they have the so-called 5-H guide for the youth.
These are Life of Honor, Life of Honesty, Life of Hard Work, Healthy Lifestyle, and Humility.
“We are emphasizing humility because no matter how intelligent a person is but if he does not have humility, hindi niya mababago ang bansa (he cannot effect change in the country),” Esguerra said.
If a person is humble, then that person tends to be kind, and kindness makes that person upright, he said.
“Ginu–groom natin sila para maging malakas, matino, at maayos (strong, sensible, and decent) so our campaign for youth development would be holistic,” said Esguerra, who is also known for his being the medical services physician of the Balangay voyage.
Also, he explained that EDC’s “quantifiable approach” to youth leadership development is rooted on the environment, which means respect as well for culture, the community, and for the entire world.
The BINHI Youth Campers on Thursday planted trees in line with this thrust, he said.
Some of the tree seedlings planted were Red Lauan, Almaciga, Katmon, Almon, Yakal, Bagtikan, Mangkono, Nato, and Malabayabas, which are part of EDC’s 96 flagship native tree species under its BINHI Tree for the Future.
This year, the BINHI Youth Camp delegates include 13 student from Negros Oriental, specifically from Negros Oriental State University, St. Paul University Dumaguete, Foundation University, STI-Dumaguete, Asian College of Science and Technology, and Silliman University; and 19 students from Negros Occidental, particularly from Southland College-Kabankalan, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, University of St. La Salle, Bago City College, Bacolod City College, La Consolacion College-Bacolod, Visayan Maritime Academy Global College, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod, STI-West Negros University, and Technological University of the Philippines Visayas.
During the camp, the participants learned about how geothermal energy works and were given a tour of the EDC’s Palinpinon geothermal power plants.
Talks were also centered on youth advocates in social media teaching them its proper use to spread correct information on different topics they care about.
The three-day boot camp on geothermal energy and BINHI forest restoration aims to instill pride among the participants for the abundance of geothermal energy in our land, said Frances Ariola, EDC’s Corporate Communications Specialist.
She quoted engineer Vicente D. Omandam Jr., senior manager and head of EDC’s Reservoir and Project Management Division as saying: “Geothermal energy is the Holy Grail among renewable energy technologies because it is the only source of renewable energy that can provide base load power all year round, whatever the season is. And the good news is, we have lots of it here in Negros.” (PNA)