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Coalition for Change: The ICC – SK Collaboration Workshop

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“Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” (The youth is the hope of the motherland)

This famed quote from the Philippine’s National Hero (who celebrated his 157th birthday, June 19) goes perfectly with the activity conducted at the Le Charme Hotel yesterday. Dubbed the International Coastal Cleanup – Sangguniang Kabataan (ICC-SK) Coordination Meeting / Workshop, the event was organized by ICC-Zambales, and comes on the heels of the recently concluded Beach Cleanup organized by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

The one-day event was intended to orient SK Chairs and Officers from all 17 Barangays from Olongapo about the importance of their role in achieving sustainable development in the greater Subic Bay area.

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International Executive Nik Schwarten led the discussion during the day-long event.

The proceedings were led by George Nikolaus “Nik” Metaxa-Schwarten, a widely acclaimed international executive communications consultant and corporate social responsibility manager (for ISO 26000). The half Greek – half German executive shared his sentiment about how the previous generation has left the current generation with a host of environmental problems and that the end goal for the activity is to show the nation what the small group can accomplish if they sync together, plan together, and work together.

He related the story of how ICC Zambales started with a membership of a mere 80 people, but through sheer determination and good marketing, managed to grow that number to well over 90,000 in a few years.

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Zedrik Avecilla, Director of the Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation (the major driving force behind the ICC), shares a few words of encouragement with the SK representatives.
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Sanguniang Kabataan Representatives from barangays in Olongapo City participated in the discussion by sharing the unique issues that their communities are faced with.

The latter half of the day was spent on an interactive forum between Nik and the SK representatives from Olongapo. Several important issues specific to each barangays were identified and solutions for each were discussed. Curfews, sexual education, widespread illegal drug usage, and teenage pregnancy were among those identified.

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Nik gives a brief tutorial on how to use online collaborative tools in order to streamline projects and processing deliverables.

Nik ended the day with a short discourse on some of the collaborative tools the group will be using in the days to come. In addition to the Facebook group that was created specifically for coordination and communication between him and the SK representatives, Nik also discussed how to use Trello for setting project goals, Doodle for decision making, and Bitly for easier information dissemination.

As a major partner in the endeavor, MoreFunPH pledged its resources in order to ensure that the activities of the newly founded coalition between ICC Zambales and the Olongapo SK are optimized for high visibility on the world wide web (through strategic implementation of SEO).

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The participants in the activity pose for a group picture after a day of lively discussions.

Overall, the one-day activity served as a glimpse of what the Youth Empowering Summit 2018 will be like.

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