Kauswagan youth commit to responsible digital use
Updated: Nov 3, 2020
ILIGAN CITY (1 November 2020) — More than 40 young residents of the coastal barangays in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte made the commitment to become responsible members of society by advocating responsible use of digital technology in a youth camp organized by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the Office of the Mayor on Saturday.
Recognizing the powerful force created by new media and digital technology which greatly influences the behavior of young people, the local government unit increases efforts in developing programs to support the youth.
Municipal Mayor Rommel Arnado has included in LGU priorities the construction of a youth center that will house youth development programs and activities aimed to protect the youth and create safe spaces for them. On the other hand, the SK leadership continues to develop a strategic plan to aid young people in becoming responsible citizens in their respective communities.
“We want our youth to become more responsible. We want to show them that the local government is ready to provide help and support. We want them to know that they are not alone in facing the challenges of society,” said Mayor Rommel Arnado.
Municipal councilor Marjune Carballo, the SK Federated President, is working with community leaders in the barangay level to strengthen local efforts for the youth.
In the youth camp, a series of leadership and team building sessions were organized. An in-depth discussion on responsible use of social media likewise took place providing guidance on personal security in the digital world and the fight against fake news.
HRS Media and Communications CEO & Managing Director, Harold Clavite, was the main speaker of the youth camp. During his time as Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Clavite instituted a nationwide campaign on responsible use of social media and the fight against the proliferation of fake news and cyber bullying.
“It is important for citizens, especially young people, to realize the power we all have in using our gadgets and the internet. Technology has become a powerful weapon and if placed in the wrong hands, it can become a destructive tool,” said Clavite.
Kauswagan, a 5th class municipality, is seen at an age of progress and development the past 10 years from being a war-torn area in 2000 and 2008 to a self-sustainable, organic model community that it is today. Poverty had incidence significantly dropped from 79% in 2010 to 9.4% in 2019 attributed to strong leadership and highly effective governance.