Ilocos Norte youth group recognized in TAYO AwardsMar 01, 2018
The 4H Sulbec Pasuquin youth organization was named by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO)Awards Foundation, Inc. and the National Youth Commission in the 15th edition of TAYO Awards for actively involving the youth in agricultural and community development.
Through TAYO Talks and Awards, which began in 2002, youth are encouraged to do their part in eradicating and solving problems, particularly in five categories: education, health, livelihood, environment, or culture and the arts.
According to Mr. Crisner Lagazo, president of the 4H Sulbec Club, their organization was formed in 2011 with the main purpose of training and encouraging young Ilocanos to engage or get involved in agriculture. They now have almost 50 members aged 10 to 30, inclusive of out-of-school youth.
Coming from a family of farmers, he grew up helping around the family's land and learning the ins and outs of a farmer's life.
"Anak po ako ng farmer, so natuto po akong magsaka, pero throughout my years of existence, parang dine-degrade nila ang mga magsasaka at mga kapwa kong young farmers, na para bang 'pag magsasaka ka e mahirap ka na.
"Kaya nandito ang 4H Sulbec para i-lift up pa at i-encourage ang mga kabataan para maging proud sila being young farmers. Kahit mahirap tayo, we have this big impact in the community," Lagazo said.
Pointing out that Ilocos Norte is an agricultural province, he also encourages youth to be actively engaged in environmental conservation and preservation, saying, "Huwag tayong mahiya kung anong meron tayo, kung anong kaya nating gawin. Ipagmalaki natin at kailangan nating mahalin kung ano ang naibigay na likas na yaman sa atin.
"Dapat nating palaguin — isabog, pagyamanin, at ipalaganap ang binhi. Dapat nating ipaalam sa buong mundo kung ano ang meron tayo, kung gaano kagaling ang mga Ilocano."
Aside from the TAYO trophy, a laptop, and a cash prize, he received a plaque from Mr. Jose Sixto "Dingdong" G. Dantes III, founding chairman of YESPINOY Foundation, for the contributions of Sulbec 4H Club towards "building climate change - and disaster-resilient communities."
Meanwhile, Mr. Weenter Ventura, executive director of the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO,) lauded their achievement and assured them of the office's continuous support for their programs.
"We are very much proud sa lahat ng entries ng ating probinsiya [sa TAYO Awards] ngayong taon. Nakikita talaga ng INYDO na may naa-achieve ang ating mga organisasyon ng mga kabataang Ilokano.
"Mas suportado ang mga kabataang Ilokano lalo na at nandito ang INYDO. We are here to support these Ilocano youth organizations and to help them promote their programs dahil alam natin na gusto nilang makatulong para sa ikauunlad ng kani-kanilang kumonidad," he said.
Ventura also urged other youth groups to continue partnering and volunteering with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and availing of INYDO programs, which promote the role of youth in community development.
The INYDO began as the Sirib Express flagship youth program of PGIN in 2013. In 2015, Sirib Express became the lone youth program in the entire country recognized by the Galing Pook Foundation and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as an outstanding local government endeavor.