December 7, 2022

Around 50 youth leaders from various barangays in Baguio City completed the two-day leadership summit and were urged as partners in the peacekeeping and anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The youth leaders who are also the prime movers of the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terrorismo (Kkdat) participated in various topics such as Executive Order 70, or the whole-of-the-nation approach against insurgency, violence against women and children, drug abuse prevention and control, teenage pregnancy, disaster risk reduction and management, and environmental protection.
Lt/Col. Judy Palicos, chief of the Community Affairs and Development Unit of the Baguio City Police Office, reported the two-day summit with the theme “Pulisya at Mamamayan, Barangayanihan Hamon ng Pandemya at Laban sa Krimen” is part of the culmination of the 26th Police Community Relations Month.
City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who graced the summit as guest of honor and speaker, challenged the youth leaders not to be discouraged by the challenges they face in carrying out their tasks in their respective communities.
Magalong shared to the participants how he overcame the challenges he faced when he was a teenager growing up in Benguet and Baguio until his cadetship at the Philippine Military Academy.
Former BCPO director, now chief of regional staff of Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Col. Ramil Saculles, for his part, appreciated the youth leaders for their participation and for being active partners of the government.
“I believe that you are joining here because you care and you want to make a positive change. Be catalysts of peace and be vigilant to the deceptive recruitment of communist groups,” Saculles said.
The summit held at Dumo Hall of Benguet Electric Cooperative was in collaboration with the 54th Infantry Battalion and 5th Civil Military Operations Battalion, 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, Cordillera Youth Leaders, city government of Baguio, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, and Beneco. – BCPO release