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Sillimanians to finish leadership-training course

By Francis Ryan Pabiania | News Writer

Vol. XCIII No. 7

Sept. 27, 2019

Three Sillimanians are set to complete the Academy of Political Management (APM), a leadership-training course for young progressive leaders, on Oct. 25-27 at Estancia de Lorenzo, San Mateo, Rizal.

Senior Foreign Affairs student Royd Edcel Chan, Silliman University (SU) alumnus Nathalie Angeles and SU Senior High School faculty Novee Maestrecampo are among the 33 scholars who are young professionals working in government or non-government organizations, student leaders, activists and advocates engaged in social-political campaigns in the Philippines.

The course supported and managed by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Philippine Office, is for second-line leaders of progressive organizations and/or individuals who are committed to the values of freedom, equality, social justice, and solidarity. It also plans to pursue social and political development work and political management positions.

It is a private, not-for-profit, public interest cultural-educational foundation committed to the ideals and basic values of social democracy.

Chan, Angeles, and Maestrecampo will finish the fifth session on Project Management Tools and Skills after four other cluster sessions, which are three-day modules scheduled over the calendar year. Cluster sessions focused on Personal Development Skills, Political Communication Skills, Political Systems and Theories, Economic Literacy and Political Economy.

Chan said he applied after he was encouraged by Reyman Krystoffer Sy, Akbayan Youth Dumaguete Chairperson, as the program will help him be “better equipped as a progressive youth leader.”

“It will provide us with skills should we pursue development or political work. Some of the things I learned [are] actually applied to my being a student leader,” he said.

He shared that he is among the few undergraduates in the program. Many in the course are already working in the academe, corporations, non-government organizations, trade unions, and government.

Three other Sillimanians also finished the same program: Shamah Bulangis of APM Batch 5 (2016), Marius Viktor Aragon and Sy of APM Batch 7 (2018).


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