ANFRM youth joins LCOY PH 2023
By Pearly A. Esperida
In an impressive demonstration of dedication to addressing climate change and bolstering disaster resilience, the Act Now For Ranow Movement (ANFRM) actively participated in the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) Philippines 2023, themed “Children and Youth at the Forefront of Climate Action and Disaster Resilience,” which took place from October 23–26 in Antipolo, Rizal, and Metro Manila.
Alongside 12 other organizations from the Philippines, the ANFRM was chosen to join the Kabataan Resilient Program of the Positive Youth Development Network (PYDN). The main focus of LCOY Philippines 2023 was to deeply explore climate action and disaster resilience within local and national contexts, aiming to shape a comprehensive Children and Youth Action Plan on Climate Action and Disaster Resilience. This action plan will significantly contribute to the National Youth Statement of the Filipino Youth, to be presented at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—Conference of Parties (UNFCCC-COP) in Dubai in November 2023.
The initial three days of the event unfolded at Mt. Purro Nature Reserve in Antipolo, Rizal, offering a dynamic boot-camp experience for the representatives of the 13 organizations. Activities such as trekking, tree planting, leadership talks, fireside discussions, and collaborative group exercises not only strengthened the participants physically and mentally but also fostered resilience, personal growth, and meaningful connections among them.
A pivotal moment at the boot-camp was the formulation of a 10-point agenda aimed at advancing climate action and disaster resilience, aligning with the conference’s overarching theme.
THE Act Now For Ranow Movement joins the Local Conference of Youth Philippines 2023 to champion Climate Action and Youth Resilience
The LCOY Philippines 2023 concluded with a public conference at the Hub in Araneta City, where various organizations and youth groups congregated to share their missions. Distinguished speakers, including Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Mr. Behzad Noubary, and Mr. Carlos Vasquez of UNICEF, highlighted the crucial role of government agencies in climate action and disaster resilience through a panel discussion involving the Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Education (DepEd), and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), allowing attendees to interact with these esteemed organizations.
During the event, the 10-point agenda, symbolizing the youth’s commitment to spearheading change, was formally handed over to the Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) on Children and Youth Participation in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience. Additionally, Ignite Talks were presented by the founding members of the Kabataang Resilient Network (KRN), sharing the youthful spirit of resilience and activism.
Representing the ANFRM in the LCOY Philippines were Pearly Esperida, Errol Ivan Badong, and Christian Reganit. These young leaders not only showcased their unwavering commitment to climate action but also their dedication to fostering a more resilient and sustainable future for the youth. As they return to their communities, their shared experiences and newfound knowledge are poised to spark positive change, both locally and globally.
The participation of the ANFRM and other youth organizations in LCOY Philippines 2023 stands as a powerful testament to the determination of Filipino youth to lead the fight against climate change and advocate for resilience in the face of natural disasters. Their collective efforts are set to shape a more sustainable and secure future for future generations.