Ayala Foundation and ORG-ARMM to scale up LeadCom Basilan’s projects

In response to the challenge of creating stronger and more sustainable growth and development opportunities in Basilan, a joint program between ORG-ARMM and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. empowers young leaders to implement community projects within the province.

Known as LeadCom (Leadership Communities), the program teaches youth leaders to explore and implement projects like skills and livelihood training, youth capacity building, health and alternative medicine awareness campaigns, and peace and governance initiatives for the province’s residents. Support funding of P5 million will be provided by ORG-ARMM to strengthen the program.

The DILG-Provincial Office of Basilan will also provide administrative and logistical support to the young leaders while TESDA-ARMM will be handling the projects’ skills and livelihood training requirements.

This commitment was formally sealed through a ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement between Ayala Foundation, Inc., ORG-ARMM, TESDA-ARMM, and the DILG Provincial Office of Basilan on November 13, 2015.

Critical to the success of these projects and initiatives is a community scanning process that ensures the youth leaders understand the needs of their respective communities. A Project Ideation and Management Workshop was also conducted on August 6-9, 2015 in Zamboanga City to provide them a venue to brainstorm and finalize their project concepts.

The LeadCom project helps fulfill the youth leadership and development thrust of the Basilan Development Program, a framework designed to contribute to the fulfillment of the peace agreement for the Bangsamoro as the foundation of lasting and durable peace in Mindanao.

LeadCom Basilan was formally launched on June 11, 2015 with its partners ORG-ARMM, Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. and the Eisenhower fellowship Association of the Philippines.

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