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Described as an “act of benevolence,” NCF inks an alliance with DepEd Naga for youth leadership dev’t

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Top executives of Naga College Foundation, Inc. (NCF) and the Department of Education (DepEd)—Division of Naga City Schools—greenlight the joint Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) for the 21st Century after sealing a memorandum of agreement on March 25, 2023, at the Medical Classroom on the NCF main campus.

Spearheaded by the Center of Rural Entrepreneurship for Economic Development (CREEDO) of NCF, the YLDP is intended for junior and senior high school students and is “designed to awaken and stimulate their hidden potential as future leaders and managers of business, government, people, and communities by providing discussions based on the student-to-parenthood lifeline, sharing of experiences, and lessons in values, attitudes, and habit formation.”

According to Mr. Mario C. Villanueva, NCF President, training the students to become leaders is a crucial part of the emerging institutional arrangements and various innovations as institutions, particularly NCF, have leaped into the future.

“The society can only progress if the youth are prepared. We should start and intensify the training of our youth. Join us in the campaign to train our youth to become leaders… impart knowledge, which is necessary in building the nation,” President Villanueva said.

In his discussion pertinent to the project description, Mr. Michael A. Del Rosario, Officer-in-Charge Chief of the School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD), said that the YLDP will help their office realize one of its functions of handling special programs that will emphasize leadership principles and life-learning experiences.

“The SGOD is a functional division that will handle and support programs such as the YLDP wherein learning will not be confined in the four corners of the school but rather you will be taught how to apply these in your real-life experiences so that after you complete the program you will be life-ready,” Mr. Del Rosario added.

Meanwhile, recognizing the exponential benefit of the YLDP program to the teacher-advisers and student leaders of public secondary schools under the Division of Naga City Schools, Mariano M. De Guzman, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent, labeled the partnership an “act of benevolence” of the NCF that signified its decades-long commitment to providing quality and affordable education.

“I would like to express my gladness for the opportunity given to our students through the benevolence of Naga College Foundation, Inc…. When the school created it is intended to those who are less in life. It has been sustained until the present time. It already passes through several generations,” Superintendent De Guzman continued.

As discussed in the agreement, the two-year partnership will initiate avenues for the youth leadership development through webinars, seminars, training, and workshops provided free of charge to the public secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the Division of Naga City Schools. Therefore, the NCF is charged with providing resource speakers, project implementation staff, a venue, capacity enhancement tools, and program materials.

According to Superintendent De Guzman, it is necessary for the students to be “exposed in various situations” in order to “exercise their different kinds of decision-making,” considering the fact that the leadership skills imparted by their parents, peers, and teachers are insufficient.

Ms. Patricia Liana M. Ramo, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Continuing Education (I-ICE), declared in her speech that the partnership is “the first of many other firsts.”

“We look forward to a series of many other firsts with Naga College Foundation, Inc. This is a testament to our commitment to providing our young people with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and become agents of change in your community… We believe that investing in youth is the most important thing we can do as a society,” Ms. Ramo concluded.

Furthermore, the NCF and the Division of City Schools Naga have existing agreements on the Tele-Aralan sa Naga and the teacher internship program of the practice teachers that were sealed prior to the recent partnership, as revealed by Superintendent De Guzman.

Present during the signing event were Mr. Rudy R. Baldemor, CREEDO Director and NCF trustee; Dr. Wenifredo T. Oñate, I-ICE member; Mr. Arturo Ramirez, Education Program Supervisor II; Project Development Officers of the Division of City Schools; as well as the SSG officers and advisers of Tinago National High School, Don Leon Q. Mercado High School, Naga City School of Arts and Trade, and Camarines Sur National High School.