A new youth awards program enacted last year by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) seeks to provide cash incentives for smarter and more efficient projects by youth organizations.
Dubbed “Rokyaw: The Outstanding Youth Awards,” the program, spearheaded by the Local Youth Development Office (LYDO) in collaboration with Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President Camille Qua, strives to “motivate and inspire the youth sector to participate in local governance and in nation-building.”
Gov. Joseph Cua noted that this was the first time that the LGU had established such a program.
“I think it’s high time that we have had a program like this, given that some of our youth leaders and youth organizations have helped Catandunganon youth in continuing their education amidst the pandemic,” Gov. Cua said in an interview.
The program espouses the following awards: Most Outstanding Youth Organization Award, Most Outstanding Youth-Serving Organization Award, Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Award, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Health, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Education, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Economic Empowerment, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Social Inclusion and Equity, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Peace-building and Security, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Governance, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Active Citizenship, Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Environment, and Most Outstanding Youth Project Award in Global Mobility.
Winners of the said awards will receive Php 10,000, while the winner of the Most Outstanding Youth Organization Award will be granted Php 50,000.
To qualify for the Most Outstanding Youth Organization Award and the Most Outstanding Youth-Serving Organization Award, said organizations must be registered through the National Youth Commission’s Youth Organization Registration Program.
On the other hand, all SK within the Province of Catanduanes are eligible for the Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Award.
For the project awards, the projects must align with the nine centers for youth participation as detailed by the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2017-2022, and must have been implemented at least a year before conferment of the award and have “verifiable and significant results.”
Organizations and SK will be judged on Effectiveness, Good Planning, Transparency, Financial Accountability, and Promotion of People’s Participation and Empowerment.
Projects will be judged on Positive Results and Impact on Stakeholders, Promotion of People’s Participation and Empowerment, Effective Use of Resources, Innovation, and Transferability and Sustainability.
The full ordinance can be viewed here: 2021-01-26 Resolution Rokyaw.pdf