Delegates from 2019 National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) during their field immersion to gather data within the community. Photo courtesy of Global Institute for Youth Development.

Youth attendees from the 2019 National Young Leaders’ Conference (NYLC) on Monday submitted to the City Council their findings and recommendations following their community immersion conducted during the conference.

Among the recommendations they made was to address the waste management problem in Barangay San Jose which they observed during their immersion.

“Based on our observations, Barangay San Jose lacks proper waste management system and we highly and strongly recommend for the strict implementation of such waste management,” Elson Tumaning, a delegate from Nueva Vizcaya State University, said.

City councilor Nesario Awat picked up the youth’s recommendation and moved for its referral to the Committee on Appropriations and Committee on Public Works.

Committee on Appropriations chairman and majority floor leader Victor Oliveros affirmed Awat’s action and pointed out that infrastructure projects for waste management are in the city’s pipeline.

“Big chunk ng fund includes sewage treatment plant (STP) facility and this will continue in the years to come,” Oliveros said.

NYLC, spearheaded by the Global Institute for Youth Development (GIYD) in partnership with the Puerto Princesa City local government unit (LGU) and Youth Development Office (YDO), is an annual gathering of hundreds of young leader advocates from around the Philippines.

Arjo Escalona, city local youth development officer of YDO and this year’s NYLC conference director, in an earlier statement, said that the delegates were asked to come up with specific policies that may be used by the city officials in advancing the SDG movement.

“This is not just a typical workshop because the young leaders are also instituted to create policy guidelines. The participants [had] breakout sessions and community immersion during the conference para malaman at ma-experience nila first-hand ‘yong situations sa mga barangays”, he added.

NYLC, with this year’s theme “#SDGeneration: Acting towards Social Economic, and Environmental Sustainability by 2030”, focused on empowering the next-generation leaders with practical skills necessary to lead initiatives geared towards the realization of sustainable goals (SDGs).

Puerto Princesa City was chosen to be this year’s host city because of its continued bid as the model city for SDG attainment in the past decade.