The ECY is the office of the CBCP that ministers to all the concerns and needs of the Filipino Catholic youth.
As a separate commission under the CBCP, it is tasked to:
- undertake studies and periodic research on the situation (needs, aspirations, problems, etc.) of the Filipino youth;
- draw up policies and propose formation and pastoral programs that are relevant to the needs of the youth and the youth ministers of the regions, ecclesiastical territories, and youth organizations;
- facilitate an exchange of formation materials among the dioceses and youth organizations;
- provide youth ministers opportunities to grow in the faith, to inspire and challenge them, and to make them capable and efficient leaders in the Church;
- establish and maintain the National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate, headed by a National Director;
- establish relationship and collaboration with its youth counterpart in other countries, such as the Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conferences (FABC) and the Pontifical Council for Laity, among others, through an exchange of information, documentation, programs, and invitation to international youth conventions or forums.
As a CBCP commission, the ECY has the responsibility and authority for reviewing and making recommendation and objectives, plans, programs and policies for the youth sector, for approval by the CBCP Plenary Assembly or by the CBCP Permanent Council. It is also open to duties which the CBCP President may assign, aside from those duties already existent.
The ECY also prepares and submits to the CBCP Permanent Council a report of its activities together with its recommendations. The council may require the ECY to submit an earlier report of a particular matter entrusted to it, when the situation so demands.
Its Relationship to Other Structures
With the creation of the ECY, other structures of youth ministry were also officially established and recognized. From the regional to the parish levels, these structures enjoy sufficient flexibility of organization in order to respond to the realities and needs of their own youth and youth ministry. It is left to them to identify their effective style of operation.