Padayon Mindanao 2.0 Holds Second Educate and Engage to Empower Camp

By Metodio B. Maraguinot Jr., Project Specialist for Padayon Mindanao; 1 September 2017

Peace Corps Philippines’ (PCP) Padayon Mindanao 2.0 project recently organized the Second “Educate and Engage to Empower” (E2E) Camp at Bohol Plaza Resort in Dauis, Bohol.  Forty eight participants joined with half coming from the project’s regional partners in Mindanao and the rest from the host region of Central Visayas.  Youth participants were accompanied by their representatives of the project’s agency partners: the local government units of Zamboanga City, Isabela City, General Santos City, Parang (Maguindanao), and Jolo (Sulu), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

PCP Training Manager Bonifacio Bucol, DSWD Region 7 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, and Youthlead Philippines Program Services Officer Marbert Remolador graced the Opening Ceremony.  During the Cultural Night and Closing Ceremony, Tagbilaran City Youth Development Coordinator Thea Ivory Parras and Youthlead Philippines President Nickson Felix Epe attended the affair.  Parras, together with Epe, handed out the certificates for the awards to the participants and gave the closing message.

Four Peace Corps Volunteers and four Padayon Alumni Volunteers (PAVs) were involved in the Second E2E as Learning Facilitators.  Taking the role of PAVs were Sherrydine Fatima Abdulpatta (Jolo, Sulu), Alfredo Erracho Jr. (Parang, Maguindanao), Alvin Quinn Lu (Cotabato City, Maguindanao), and Dexter Temperatura (Zamboanga City).  All eight Learning Facilitators underwent a five-day Training of Trainers that was facilitated by Metodio Maraguinot Jr, Project Specialist for Padayon Mindanao, before the camp where they had teambuilding and simulation activities, and sessions on basic facilitation, cultural sensitivity, and effective presentation.