Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Camarines Sur Chapter Administrator Maria Theresa Bongiad (5th from left ) and PRC CamSur BOD Chairman Fermin Mabulo (4th from right) led the 2-day Mass Leadership Development (MLD) program held at the University of Nueva Caceres Student's Pavillon, July 13 to 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of PRC Camarines Sur)
NAGA CITY, July 15 (PIA) - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Camarines Sur Chapter ushered the inclusion of 42 more schools to the 32 existing Red Youth Cross (RCY) councils in the province, spanning more youth participation in PRC's youth development programs and future endeavours.
PRC CamSur Chapter Administrator Maria Theresa Bongiad said that the number of attendees came as a surprise, expecting only an initial 25 to 30 new schools but ended up with 42, with more inquiries and requests for another Mass Leadership Development (MLD) Program pouring in.
The attendees were composed of 408 students and 81 teachers plus PRC personnel, staff and volunteers who trooped at the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) Student's Pavillon on July 13 to 14 during the 1st Mass Leadership Development Program initiated by PRC Camarines Sur.
No less than the Department of Education Schools Division Office of the province thru Schools Division superintendent Cecille Bernadette P. Rivera, CESO V gave its nod to give PRC the department's full support in its aim "to harness youth's idealism and provide opportunities for them to engage in humanitarian action and leadership role."
Rivera issued DepEd Division Memorandum 003, series of 2019, directing all public schools district supervisors, heads of elementary and secondary schools, youth formation district/ school coordinators and all other concerned to support the conduct of MLD in the province.
In the said memorandum, Rivera reiterated that service credits shall also be granted to those teachers who participated in the said event, pursuant to DepEd Order No.53, series of 2003 and Compensatory Overtime credits (COC) as per CSC-DBM Joint Circular No. 2 series of 2004 for services rendered during weekdays and holidays.
The school must also ensure compliance with the requirements of DepEd Order no. 66 series of 2017, especially on Child Protection safety and security protocols among others.
Bongiad extended PRC's deep gratefulness to DepEd for its untiring support and added that the chapter might conduct another batch of MLD to give way to other schools requesting for another round of the said training while enjoining more youth to be part of the RCY council.
"Why wait for the future if you can effect change now. Be a Red Cross Youth Volunteer and let us altogether build a better society especially with the most vulnerable members of the community." (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)