September 29-30, 2018
De La Salle-Araneta University
John Paul II in his encyclical EX CORDE ECCLESIAE said, “Students are challenged to pursue an education that combines excellence in humanities and cultural development, with specialized professional training.
Most especially, they are challenged to continue the search for meaning throughout their lives since, “the human spirit must be cultivated in such a way that the results are growth, in their ability to wonder, to understand, to contemplate, to make personal judgments and to develop a religion, moral and social sense.
In this light, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, CEAP, National Capital region, NCR, Student Leadership Committee sought to develop the youth as future leaders of our country through its flagship leadership program, BIDAHAN. The event was held last Sept. 29-30, 2018 at De La Salle, Araneta University, with the theme BIDA-Juan in a Changing Society.
The first day featured a talk by Dr. Carmina Vicente on Laudato Si. Pope Francis’ encyclical on the Care for our Common Home. The Climate Reality Project had a very interesting impact on students because the proponent in the Philippines, Mr. Rodney had been going around nationwide to increase awareness and involvement on the climate situation among young people. Dr. Raymund John Naguit, RN Chairperson, Youth for Mental Health Condition spoke about conquering the demands of the Changing Society. For the first time too, the Student Affairs Practitioners had a parallel session on Confronting the Stigma of Mental Health by Lilian Ng Gui, a very timely topic to understand the growing phenomenon of the mental state of our young people today.
Day 2 being a Sunday begun with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by the director of CEAP- NCR, Fr. Nolan Que. He found the group too quiet and solemn obviously because it was too early and most slept until the wee hours of the morning. The students were later grouped heterogeneously to benchmark what they had been practicing in their respective schools and how they can expand this influence to impact on the bigger society.
Some feedback from our students consisted of:
It was about applying Christian Catholic values in leadership; being proactive in a changing society; I can be the change in society by becoming a leader who cares about the environment, people and nation; It helped the Student Council to come together, It emphasized the importance f teamwork, of having each others’ back in times of need. It is important t pay attention and be critical about societal issues because of the influence they can impact on their constituents. It taught us the value of trust. The talks were informative and relevant to the country’s’ current situation.
The youth were engaged. They gave us ideas on what activities to conduct. Participants were able to build camaraderie.
They should walk their talk- the theme was the sustainability of the environment and they were using plastic bottles and disposable food containers; not segregating trash; they should encourage leaders to be more active; we could work with other schools on a collaborative basis Host lacked rapport with the audience.
Stick to the theme; prior meetings should have been conducted; no clear point person
Plan activities thoroughly, setting objectives for each ; more group activities, order of the program; time mgt., a lot of miscommunication in handling activities, some talks were biased; rooms for boys and girls must be separated; speakers did not arrive on time and did not stick to their slot; implement zero waste strictly
On a personal note:
More schools participated this year. There were more Basic Ed. Participants than college. The theme was too broad. We could use sub-topics to keep focused. There has to be a follow through. A sustainable program if plans were done and evaluated later.