BAGUIO CITY: The city’s council of youth leaders, in coordination with the city government and the National Youth Commission (NYC) signed a covenant against gang-violence, vandalism and bullying last week during a youth concert at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
The covenant is the local youth groups’, rap artists’ and the concert organizer’s way to declare that they adhere to local and national laws and an expression of their unity in enhancing unity, peace and understanding among youth oriented groups within the city.
“We believe in the encouragement of free speech and the exercise of individual beliefs amongst our peers as an avenue where our respective groups shall become contributing organizations in our community; and we shall uphold peace above all as we believe that fellowship and service to our community is the greatest prayer of all,” the covenant stated.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Councilor Roberto Ortega, chairman of the city council’s Peace and Order Committee, signed the covenant as witnesses.
Domogan lauded the move, pronouncing that the city government is keen on helping the city’s youth in effectively instigating positive change in the community. He said there is nothing wrong with youths involving themselves in organizations as long as they do not make it their goal to break the law.
Ortega said Baguio is the educational center of the North, which gives the city government more reason to inspire and encourage the youth to focus on their education rather than lean toward vices such as bullying, alcoholism, vandalism and drug addiction.
Gaby B. Keith