By MARK FRANCISCO
FIVE groups who are beneficiaries of the United States – Alumni for Institutional Reform (US-AIR) Program happily reported on the weekend the success of their project implementations in their respective localities here in Mindanao.
US-AIR Program is a project of Mindanao-based alumni of United States government-sponsored exchange programs. These alumni wish to give forward to their community the things that they have learned as exchange beneficiaries themselves, thus US-AIR Program was born.
During the project summit last Sunday which brought together six individuals who implemented five projects as well as their backers from US-AIR Program alumni who lent in moral support, the US Embassy also sent in a representative.
Each project was earlier granted by the US-AIR Program P25,000 each for it to be implemented in its respective locality.
The first beneficiary was the Philippine Trial Judges League represented by Judge Marlon Jay Moneva. In his report, Moneva successfully implemented the Outstanding Lupon search in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.
The second project was establishing an Academy for Young Leaders in Maguindanao by YES Alumni Association Philippines. The project aims to empower the youth by allowing them to identify issues in their community and devise an action plan to help solve them.
The third project is women empowerment in Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur as organized by HINIUSA, Inc.
The fourth project is providing livelihood skills to erstwhile Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Linuan, Basilan. This project is initiated by Basilan Young Leaders Program or known in the vernacular as SINAG.
The fifth project is Youth Hours, where student leaders from all over Northern Mindanao are gathered every year, sharing their experiences in their respective universities and colleges and bringing back to their home institutions the learnings they have learned from other student leaders. This project was implemented by TOSPAC-XCEL under US-AIR Program beneficiaries Jimae Faith Magnaye and Prince Keno Villegas.
US-AIR Program project grantee Judge Jerlie Luis-Requerme has high hopes that each project will be sustained in their respective localities beyond the calendar allocated by US-AIR Program.
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