The University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) College of Education Student Council (COEdSC) officers attended and won awards during the El Liderato: First Philippine Leadership Masters Challenge held at the CamSur Watersports Complex, Pili, Camarines Sur on 19-21 December 2014.
Richiedon Barandino, COEdSC Secretary, received the highly coveted National Leader of the Year Award; Mary Jane Dugan, Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) Representative to the COEdSC, was the recipient of the Pro-Active Award; both Alison Senobio, COEdSC President, and Wilbert Pulgado, BEED Home Economics Representative to the COEdSC, were named Best Leaders in Decision Making; Mary Grace Espiña, COEdSC Public Information Officer, won the Best Leader in Resourcefulness; Robert Panis, COEdSC Business Manager victored the Best Leader in Faith; and Julia Cuyco, COEdSC Representative, brought home the Best Leader in Communication Challenge Award.
The El Liderato is the newest centralized and professional youth leadership training program for 500 university/college student leaders and community-based youth leaders from the length and breadth of the archipelagic Philippines. It is supported by the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines Commission on Higher Education, National Youth Commission, and Department of Tourism; First Le Mate: Philippine Leadership Masters Congress; International Youth Convention (United Nations Congress); Mindanao Business and Management Youth Congress; CamSur Watersports Complex; Jollibee Food Corporation; Tigerair Philippines; and local government units of the Province of Camarines Sur, Naga City, and Municipality of Pili.
The leadership training program was undertaken based on the frameworks of ten (10) challenges and the eight (8) discussion groups. While the former was evaluated in pursuit of the eight (8) major national issues that the participants had to respond to by being called to preserve the solidarity and strength in developing the Philippines; the latter, was tailored from the ten (10) most valuable leadership principles developed in the 21st century. These principles were analytically designed to allow the youth leader-participants, to experience, process, and realize further each principle through a holistic training scheme. # (Brenfred N. Romero, UEP Website and On-line Media Coordinator)