February 11, 2021
This article first appeared in Paghahabi, AIJC’s e-newsletter, in October 2020.
Filipino youth organizations participated in the first Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Orientation and Planning Workshop organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in September 2020
The workshop is part of the MIL in Youth Civic Engagement Project implemented by AIJC with support from UNESCO and in cooperation with the National Youth Commission.
This is the first batch of youth organizations in the Philippines to be engaged in the development of the MIL Framework in Youth Civic Engagement in the Philippines, and in the inclusion of MIL in their advocacy and activities. During the workshop, they drafted action plans on how to integrate MIL into their organizational policies and activities.
Apart from the online workshop, phone consultations are scheduled with youth organizations with limited internet access.
Participating youth organizations in the first batch are based in Luzon (Manila, Bulacan, Rizal), Visayas (Bacolod City, Iloilo), and Mindanao (Marawi City). The organizations are as follows: Highlight the Impact. Forward, Youth Volunteers (High FYV) Inc., San Jose Del Monte Free College Entrance Exam Review Guild (SJDM FCEER), Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities (SEED4Com), United Diwata Familia, United Leaders of the Philippines, Youth Advocates for the Philippines (YAP), ASEAN Youth Advocates Network (AYAN), Youth for Earth Society (YES), Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter, PLMun University Student Council, and Lanao Youth Council, Inc.
This is only the beginning, as the project is being expanded to include more youth organizations and partners. Coaching sessions are scheduled with participating organizations to guide them in the finalization and implementation of their MIL action plans.