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Bidahan 2010 Final Media Release

Bidahan 2010 Final Media Release

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M
EDIA 
ELEASE
:“A new generation of BIDAs to spearhead the effort to bringabout a new Philippines”
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) invites Filipinostudent leaders to its annual youth camp entitled
 Bida: Be The Change (Bidahan)Youth Camp
, which will be held on November 27-28, 2010 at the Assumption- Antipolo campus with this year’s theme, “Earth-Keeper, Ethical Leader”.
Currently, the country is plagued with malpractices of leadership and citizenship which placesnarrow interests above the common good and run contrary to the values of Christianity and tothe ideals of a democratic society. It is this style of leadership and citizenship that breeds andsustains the feelings of apathy and cynicism that so many of the youth feel.“The youth as a sector is crucial for the transformation of Philippine society,” expressed Mr.Rene Salvador San Andres, Bidahan National Coordinator of CEAP. “The young are the ones who will inherit the country and therefore stand to gain, or lose, from the outcomes of presentefforts.”The
“Bida: Be the Change” Youth Camp
seeks to provide a venue for the Filipino youth from thedifferent sectors around the country to come together and combat the indifference andpessimism that infects many of the youth, especially when asked to contribute to nation- building. The youth camp aims to inspire the youth and equip them with the knowledge andconfidence to lead their fellow youth towards helping and building the nation. Furthermore, itseeks to prod them to proceed to concrete action for positive change as they go back to theirschools and communities of origin.“We envision a Philippines where a new culture prevails,” says San Andres, who is also the Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the Ateneo de Manila University, “wherein citizens areengaged and responsible, and leaders are effective, empowering and ethical. We envision the youth to be the new heroes,
ang mga
 BIDA’ 
mga kabataang may Bagong Isip, Diwa at  Asal 
.”The program invites student leaders to undergo a 2-day empowerment program. The youthcamp aims to move the young participants to always uphold the
 Bidahan
Core Principles, whichare the following:
 
Dignity of every human person
 
Primacy of Truth
 
Importance of exacting Accountabilit
 
Need to build and support Democratic Institutions
 
Preferential option for the Excluded and Vulnerable Sectors of society 
 
Stewardship as the way of proceeding
 
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Resource speakers for the camp are Mr. Rafael C. Lopa, President and Executive Director of theNinoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Mr. Lawrence Tan, CEO of the Worldwide Fund for Nature– Philippines and Fr. Albert Alejo, S.J., Ehem! Convenor. A Youth Night and Advocacy Fair highlight the camp with Paolo Santos, Peryodiko and otherstudent acts performing on stage. In between performances, different development groups have been invited to encourage the
new bidas
to volunteer for their causes. These are the DynamicTeen Company, HapagAsa Integrated Nutrition Program, Ka Rene Penas Fund, Missionaries of the Poor, Museo Pambata, One Core Success Center, One Tama, PinoyME Foundation, SagipPasig Movement, Sparks for Change, World Vision, Worldwide Fund for Nature – Philippinesand the Department of Social Welfare and DevelopmentThe
 Bida: Be The Change (Bidahan) Youth Camp
 
is open to all young Filipino student leadersresiding in the Philippines, at least in 3
rd
year high school (or the equivalent) at the time of theapplication period. There is no year level requirement for college-level representatives. Thestudents must have shown leadership or its potential in the Student Council, studentpublications, or accredited student organizations. They must also have shown openness to aleadership style that is
effective, empowering
and
ethical 
.Interested applicants may contact the CEAP-NCR Secretariat at 406-1611 local 8267. Forfurther inquiries, you may email Mr. Rene Salvador R. San Andres,
 Bidahan
NationalCoordinator, atrsanandres@ateneo.eduor call 426-6001 local 5020.The BIDA: Be the Change Youth Camp is a project of the Catholic Educational Association of thePhilippines (CEAP) in collaboration with partners, the Coordinating Council of PrivateEducational Associations (COCOPEA), the Ateneo School of Government, the SimbahangLingkod ng Bayan, the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association, RockEd Philippines, the Ninoy and Cory  Aquino Foundation, Knowledge Channel and Vibal Publishing, Inc..
The BIDA: Be The Change (
 Bidahan
) Youth Camp
The
 Bidahan
 began as a 24-hour youth camp in September 2008 inspired and initiated by Msgr.Gerardo O. Santos, immediate past CEAP National President and CEAP-NCR Director. It washeld at the La Salle Greenhills Gym. It was again conducted in November 2009 at the Assumption School - Antipolo. More than two thousand youth leaders from the NCR and ahandful of representatives from almost all of the regions have so far participated in the two NCR 
 Bidahans
. Using interactive learning workshops, sharing sessions, talks, and music,participants were inspired to advocate the Core Principles and were encouraged to practiceethical leadership and responsible citizenship through participation in efforts to mobilize theirfellow youth for the 2010 elections.In 2009, the CEAP rallied the support of the bigger organization of private schools, theCoordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA). With the COCOPEA National Board’s endorsement, the CEAP opened
 Bidahan
’s doors to participants from privateschools outside of the Catholic education network. Furthermore, the
 Bidahan
collaborates withadvocacy groups whose principles and practices are aligned with those of the
 Bidahan
. They contribute to the content of the
 Bidahan
youth camps and provide avenues for action for the
 Bidas
afterwards.

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