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Thursday, June 11, 2015

OPAPP Usec. Lorena urges IP youth to be involved in BBL discussions

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Jose Lorena yesterday (June 10) encouraged the youth belonging to Indigenous People (IP) groups here to be informed on the latest developments and participate in the discussions of the peace process, particularly on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“We have to be informed, especially the youth so that we will be aware of our rights,” told Usec. Lorena to IP students during a Journalistic Writing Workshop held by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), supported by the United States Embassy and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Uundersecretary Lorena, who started his career as a journalist before becoming a lawyer emphasized to the students to use what they learn in the workshop and apply it when they go back to communities. “You should practice what you learn here and be the voices of your communities,” he said.

During a short talk, Lorena shared with the IP students a brief history of the Bangsamoro struggle and its road to autonomy. He emphasized to the students that the long-standing conflict here should already be ended.

“Now is the time to end the long standing conflict in Mindanao to pave the way for development,” he said.

Meanwhile, NCIP regional director Timuey Woy Lim Wong encouraged the participants to develop their potentials since “this opportunity can help you discover that you are a good writer”.

On the other hand, PIA regional director Noemi B. Edaga told the students: “I hope that this activity will be fruitful for you when you graduate, when you have work”.

The two-day journalistic writing workshop, which ends today covers topics like news and feature writing and social media utilization, facilitated by Director Edaga, PIA Assistant Regional Director Franklin Gumapon and other PIA staff.