Key BARMM CSOs expressed their support to the participating youths of the UVPN-organized Bangsamoro Youth Leaders’ Convention (BYLC)

Leaders of Civil  Society Organizations, such as LBO, CBCS, MOSEP, and UNYPAD, as well as BYC, wished the BYLC participants Allah’s tawfiq as they kick off the 3-day Convention. The BYLC is a convention of youth organization leaders from across BARMM provinces to advance their collective and coordinated policy recommendations to Bangsamoro Government ministries, which are the product of two-year series of interventions of the UVPN, under YOUTHLED Project: from issue-based agenda setting, policy paper development training, community consultations, and policy paper write shops. These accomplishments were proudly presented by the UVPN Executive Director Jelfaad Salik in front of the attending CSO leaders. The attending CSO leaders shared their well-forged experiences in the CSO sector and enlightened the participating youth on how the times changed and how the new set of challenges today needs to be overcome by the next generation CSOs. YouthLed Chief of Party Ms. Natalie Christine Jorge from The Asia Foundation, who graced the event with her presence and support, showed gratitude to the attending CSOs.
In the afternoon, youth representatives of the Convention, Mr. Jamal Pandapatan (Social Justice & Development), Mr. Radin Taib (Governance for Development), Ms. Baihannah Pangalao (Good Governance), and Mr. Jovanni Martinez (Education and Empowerment) stirred up the issues they have long identified to encourage them to negotiate well in the next day’s roundtable discussion with the government.
Afterward, The Asia Foundation’s Senior Youth Leadership Development Specialist Mr. Emil Tapnio and UVPN’s Programme Manager Abqary Alon provided a preparatory lecture on Political Economy Analysis, Technical Review Feedback of their Policy Papers, and Technical Familiarity with the Bangsamoro Development Plan (both 1st, 2019-2022; and the proposed 2nd, 2023-2028), the 2022 Government Appropriations Act of the Bangsamoro, and the 2023 Bangsamoro Expenditure Program. This is in preparation for the participants’ roundtable discussion with Government Officials on the 2nd day of the BYLC as an avenue for lobbying their policy and programming recommendations.
This activity forms part of the YOUTHLED (Youth Leadership for Democracy) project supported by USAID and The Asia Foundation, implemented in BARMM by the UVPN, Inc.