Youth org’n forms Cordillera body


BAGUIO CITY — Anakbayan, the most comprehensive national democratic Filipino youth organization, recently held its third formal Regional Congress in the Alay ng Kapatid Training Center here on November 28 to December 1.

This congress served as a gathering for members of Anakbayan from all over the Cordillera to consolidate the chapters in Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province, Benguet and Metro Baguio to unite and form a region-wide structure, the Anakbayan-Cordillera.

During the four-day affair, 120 participants shared and discussed experiences in arousing, organizing and mobilizing youth and students throughout the different Cordillera provinces. The Anakbayan-Cordillera made resolutions on the upcoming campaigns of the organization as well as new ways in which to enrich educational discussions, recruitment and consolidation.

Resolutions were passed to launch more trainings for instructors and facilitators to develop discussions in the the nationalist courses in Padepa (Pambansa Demokratikong Paaralan) and to conduct more research on the situation of the youth in the Cordillera.

In answer to the intensifying military reaction to the people’s movement, the body resolved to heighten its campaign to expose and oppose human rights violations and militarization in the countryside. The campaign to surface James Balao was identified as one that will be given utmost attention just as news came out that he is in the hands of the Intelligence Security Unit (ISU) of the AFP.

Delegates also resolved to explore cultural forms in further developing the organization. Also, plans for the next congress in 2010 were set, with Kalinga and Mountain Province vying for hosting rights and the region looking forward to greater numbers and continuing strength amidst repression and violence from the military and other government forces.

The congress formed the regional council with representatives from the provinces.. Anakbayan-Metro Baguio Deputy Secretary-general Sloan Ramos and Pinatud representative Thelma Gallawen are the region’s chairperson and secretary-general, respectively.

“Anakbayan will continue the struggle began by the Katipunan during the 1898 Revolution and by the Kabataang Makabayan during the Marcos Regime,” Ramos declared during the massive 200- torch rally that capped the celebration of Anakbayan’s 10th anniversary and Andres Bonifacio’s 145th birthday.

As Gallawen stated during the solidarity night program, “We, the youth, are the spring that shall never run out for the service of the people,” Anakbayan promises to lead continuous education, organization and action for the Filipino masses, despite intensified militarization, repression and crisis. # Paula Pamintuan-Riva(NorDis)

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