Catbalogan City Mayor Dexter Uy (center) poses for posterity with representatives from Ayala Foundation Inc, and youth leaders of the city at the launching of LeadCom Project. (Ayala Foundation Inc.)

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Catbalogan and the Ayala Foundation Incorporated launched a partnership that aims to train youth to become effective leaders.
The Leadership Communities (LeadCom) Project will benefit 10 organizations including Sanggunian Kabataan officials from the city.
Through LeadCom, young Filipinos are expected to become servant leaders to actively engage and commit to bring change in their respective communities.
Selected organizations will go through a process of identifying problems that facing their communities, including team building activities, community scanning and assessment, problem identification, project development, project implementation and project monitoring and evaluation.
Beneficiaries will receive a seed fund amounting to P20,000 to initially fund the implementation of their respective projects only after the completion of the process.
“I strongly believe that as youth leaders, you can help our city in looking for solutions to problems that the youth are facing today,” Mayor Dexter Uy said.
“Catbalogan City is beyond blessed to be among the very first to have this kind of project implemented in the entire region, props to the trust and benevolence of Ayala Foundation Inc,” he added.
Catbalogan was one of the pilot sites for the school-based version of LeadCom in 2012–2013 where they reached out to barangay youth and encourage them to participate in building their respective communities.
LeadCom is a program initiative of Ayala Foundation that aims to develop, inspire, empower, and nurture the leadership of young Filipinos and promote servant leadership to student leaders in various parts of the Philippines.
It is a sustainable long-term leadership development program for college students of academic institutions in a partner province or city.