Gearing Towards Sustainable Youth Coalitions

The theme, “Arangkada,” meaning accelerate, aptly captures the spirit of the Summit. With over 500 youth organizations from the YouthLed network now actively implementing their advocacies and projects in their local communities, the momentum is building. The Summit celebrates these achievements and sets the path forward for sustained impact. Join us this Sept 28-30, 2023!

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What does ARANGKADA 2023 aim to achieve?

ARANGKADA 2023 will focus on collaborative engagement, upskilling, and strengthening youth networks–guided by the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2023-2028.


Showcase Youth-Led coalitions

Participants will be exposed to on-the-ground efforts of youth-led coalition movements across the country through project exhibits from different coalitions and implementing partners.

They will gain insights on potential challenges and strategies to address them, enabling them to adopt relevant strategies for their organizations.


Strengthen Youth Alliances

The Summit will foster stronger alliances among youth networks nationwide and create a more enabling environment for youth to engage with democratic institutions such as the government, private sector, and civil society.

This collaboration goes beyond the Summit, promoting sustained networking and collective action among youth networks and coalitions.


Localize the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) 2023-2028

Participants will deepen their understanding of the PYDP 2023-2028 and explore ways to translate it into actionable solutions through localized and issue-based coalitions.

Toolkits and guidebooks such as the Deliberative Democracy Guidebook for Young Leaders and Strengthening Local Youth Development Council Toolkit will serve as important tools for the participants in their policy advocacies, programs, and projects aligned with the PYDP.

Our Partners

SEPTEMBER 29 Speakers

Atty. Carlo Africa

Hirayang Kabataan

Guillermo Luz

Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Marielle Bordado


Jessabel Pino

Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc.

Patricia Matute

TAYO Awards Foundation

Dr. Karol Mark Yee


Dr. Anthony Rosendo Faraon

Zuellig Family Foundation

Elvin Ivan Uy

Philippine Business for Social Progress

Marshal Murillo

Ateneo de Naga University

Asec Dexter Galban

Department of Education

Georgina Hernandez-Yang

Galing Pook Foundation

Sec. William Dar

Department of Agriculture

Dr. Ron Allan Quimado

Disease Prevention and Control Bureau

Sabrina Ongkiko

Culiat Elementary School

Comm. Reena Vivienne Pineda

National Youth Commission

SEPTEMBER 30 Speakers

Atty. Carlo Africa

Hirayang Kabataan

Cassandra Deluria

Coalitions for Change | The Asia Foundation

Albert Diamante

Project SuLo

Ferdinand del Carmen

Project SuLo

Septrin John Calamba

Sociologist, MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology

Arizza Ann Nocum

KRIS For Peace

Cesar Ocson

Gerry Roxas Foundation

Yasmira Moner

MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology Gender and Development Center


See you at the IEC Convention Center Cebu (IC3), 23 Minore Park Cardinal Rosales Ave. corner Pope John Paul II, Cebu City


Get ready for the most anticipated youth leadership event of the year – ARANGKADA: Youth Leaders Summit 2023! Building on the success of its predecessors, this summit, organized by YouthLed in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., is set to empower and unite Filipino youth leaders from all corners of the nation. With the theme “ARANGKADA (Accelerate): Gearing Towards Sustainable Youth Coalitions,” the summit embodies the spirit of acceleration.

Together, these dynamic leaders are positioning themselves for formal governance participation and setting the stage for a brighter future. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this incredible journey towards sustainable change.

Join us in the vibrant province of Cebu for ARANGKADA 2023!



Delegate & Participants Arrival
Arrival of Delegates
Setup of Exhibits and Booths
8:00 AM

Delegate & Participants Preparation
Preparation for Welcome Dinner
Rehearsal for Exhibit Presentation
3:30 PM

Welcome Dinner
Orientation (About the Summit)
Expectation Setting and Summit Rules
Group Dynamics/Getting-to-Know Activities
5:00 PM
Arrival and Welcoming Performance
Sinulog Dance Group
8:45 AM

9:00 AM

Formal Opening Program
Welcome Messages/Messages of Support

  • Hon. Michael Rama
    • Mayor
    • Cebu City
  • Atty. Rebekah Eubanks
    • Deputy Mission Director
    • United States Agency for International Development
  • Myn Garcia
    • Deputy Country Representative
    • The Asia Foundation
  • Hon. Benjamin Abalos, Jr.*
    • Secretary
    • Department of Interior and Local Government

9:10 AM

Keynote Speech
First Public Presentation to the Youth of the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2023-2028

  • Comm. Reena Vivienne Pineda
    • Commissioner Representing Luzon
    • National Youth Commission

10:15 AM

Panel Discussion
Reactors to the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2023-2028


  • Usec. Marlo Iringan*
    • Undersecretary for Local Government
    • Department of the Interior and Local Government
  • Asec. Dexter Galban
    • Assistant Secretary for Operations
    • Department of Education
  • Elvin Ivan Uy
    • Executive Director
    • Philippine Business for Social Progress
  • Hon. Darlene Psyche Buenaflor
    • Municipal Councilor
    • San Isidro, Davao Oriental


  • Emil Tapnio
    • Senior Youth Leadership Development Specialist
    • YouthLed

11:15 AM

Special Information Session

Youth Festival

Government Registrations

(National Youth Commission’s Youth Organizations Registration Program (NYC-YORP); Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); National ID System- Philippine Statistics Authority)

12:15 PM

12:30 PM

Governance and Active Citizenship

  • Marshal Murillo
    • Associate Professor
    • Ateneo de Naga University
  • Georgina Hernandez-Yang
    • Executive Director
    • Galing Pook Foundation
  • Lemuel Dicolano
    • Chairperson
    • Muslim Youth Council - Cagayan de Oro


  • Atty. Carlo Africa
    • Executive Director
    • Hirayang Kabataan

1:30 PM

Economic Empowerment and Global Mobility

  • Jonar Dorado
    • Chief Operations Officer
    • RAFI Micro Finance Inc.
  • Herna Tano
    • Founder and Executive Director
    • Andam Higala


  • Justin Muyot*
    • Technical Expert for Economic and Social Development Programs
    • The Asia Foundation

1:30 PM

Agriculture and Food Security

  • William Dar
    • Former Secretary
    • Department of Agriculture
  • Josh Barcelon
    • Executive Director
    • Albay Young Farmers Organization
  • Ezel Lambatan
    • Program Director
    • The BAKA Program


  • James Patrick Santos
    • Consultant
    • YouthLed - LEAD Fellowship

1:30 PM


  • Dr. Anthony Rosendo Faraon*
    • Deputy Executive Director
    • Zuellig Family Foundation
  • Dr. Ron Allan Quimado
    • Medical Officer III
    • Disease Prevention and Control Bureau
  • Samuel Madriaga
    • Chief Executive
    • Alliance of Public Health Advocates


  • Dr. Via Roderos*
    • Executive Director
    • Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes

1:30 PM

Climate and Environment

  • Marielle Bordado
    • Communications Head
    • WWF-Philippines
  • Guillermo Luz
    • Chief Resilience Officer
    • Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
  • Representative from Philippine Earth Justice Center


  • Representative from Foundation for the Philippine Environment*

3:30 PM

Peace and Security

  • Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
    • Co-Founder
    • Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators
  • Abqary Alon
    • Youth Representative
    • Bangsamoro Advisory Council
  • Hon. Amin Hataman
    • Provincial Board Member
    • District 1, Province of Basilan


  • Maurice Phillip Albayda
    • Councilor
    • Municipality of Kalayaan, Palawan

3:30 PM


  • Sabrina Ongkiko
    • Master Teacher
    • Culiat Elementary School
  • Karol Mark Yee
    • Executive Director
    • EDCOM 2
  • Reinald Jay Belen
    • Founder and Executive Director
    • Sikat-Baler


  • Ireneo Demecais, Jr.
    • President and Co-Founder
    • YGOAL, Inc.

3:30 PM

Social Inclusion and Equity

  • Rufa Cagoco-Guiam
    • Associate Professor in Public Administration
    • Mindanao State University - General Santos City
  • Gabriel Villaruel
    • Artistic Director
  • Jessabel Pino
    • Project Coordinator
    • Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc.


  • Patricia Matute
    • Former Executive Director
    • TAYO Awards Foundation

3:30 PM

Health Break
5:30 PM

Dinner and Recognition Night
7:00 PM
Co-Learning Lab Open Pass
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Book and Toolkit Launch
  • Deliberative Democracy Guidebook for Young Leaders
  • Project SuLo Toolkit

9:00 AM

Breakout Session 3
Pathways to 21st Century Civic Engagement: YouthLed-supported Initiatives
  • Project SuLo Toolkit
    • Atty. Carlo Africa
    • Executive Director
    • Hirayang Kabataan
    • Ferdinand Del Carmen
    • Project Director
    • Project SuLo
    • Albert Diamante
  • Deliberative Democracy Guidebook for Young Leaders

    • Yasmira Moner
    • Program Director
    • MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology Gender and Development Center
    • Septrin Calamba
    • PhD Candidate, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
    • Sociologist, MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology


  • John Rey Reyes
    • Projects Program Coordinator
    • Negrosanon Young Leaders institute, Inc.
  • Voters’ Education Toolkit
    • Rehistro Mindoro, MarkaPH. and Boto Ko, Ambag Ko


    • Ferry Irish Mae Santiago
    • Executive Director
    • Cesar Ocson
    • Senior Project Officer
    • Gerry Roxas Foundation
    • Pablito Apolinar, Jr.
    • Chief Finance Officer
    • PH LEAD


  • Jann Romeo Nacar
    • Executive Director
    • PH Lead
  • Project Citizen
    • Rowena Hibanada
    • Consultant
    • YouthLed - Project Citizen
9:15 AM

Health Break
10:45 AM

Panel Discussion
Inspiring Conversations on the Contribution of Youth to the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2023-2028

  • Hon. Javi Benitez*
    • City Mayor
    • Victorias, Negros Occidental
  • Comm.Alexa Danielle Dayanghirang*
    • Commissioner Representing Mindanao
    • National Youth Commission
  • Rhondon Casas Ricafort
    • Provincial Youth Development Officer
    • Provincial Government of Albay
  • Arizza Ann Nocum
    • Co-Founder and President
    • KRIS For Peace


  • Cassandra Deluria*
    • Program Officer
    • Coalitions for Change
    • The Asia Foundation

11:00 AM

Lunch and Health Break
12:30 PM

Debriefing and Planning
Cluster Debriefing and Planning for Commitment-Setting
1:30 PM

Youth Declaration on Localization of the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2023-2028
2:30 PM

Closing Messages
  • Natalie Christine Jorge
    • Chief of Party
    • YouthLed
  • Ms. Marie Sol Delantar-Gonzalvo
    • Executive Director
    • Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

3:30 PM

Dinner and Health Break
4:00 PM

Celebrating Young Leaders in Nation-Building

ARANGKADA National Youth Summit Fellowship Night

6:30 PM

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