Tuesday, 26 May 2020 05:18

COVID-19 Response: The ‘Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines’ story

Written by Gerryca Isabelle Maagad
Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines is a barangay-based organization which consists of Out-of-school youths ages 15-30 years old. PYAP aims to empower the OSYs in every barangay by encouraging them to participate in various youth activities that will promote their social, economic, and leadership development.
In these trying times, the PYAP members have served as volunteers in their respective communities. Some PYAP members have become BHERTs/volunteers to their respective barangays. In addition, these volunteers help in assisting the house to house DAFAC interview, monitoring OFW's returnees, contact tracing, packing of relief goods, information dissemination, monitoring the people entering the barangay premises and disinfecting public places. While on the other hand, other members of the organization served as documenter during the release of the Social Amelioration Program in different barangays.
COVID19 has affected many lives not just business establishments, government workers, health employees, transportation drivers but it also affected those families who are “isang kahig, isang tuka”. Despite the threat of the virus, one of the reasons why the organization continues to volunteer is because of their commitment to really take part in every endeavor regardless of the social status and help the community and government. They want to protect their families and this can be done by educating others, especially the danger brought by the virus and how to avoid it. With this, the organization also helps in terms of dissemination of information such as the importance of staying at home, following the rules and sharing reliable news or information in any social media platforms.
(The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines is one of the member-organizations of the Oro Youth Development Council.)