Monday, May 21, 2018

NYC Chairman Seguerra Spends Time with the Youth in Iligan

(Monday, 14th day of August 2017)


ILIGAN CITY – The National Youth Commission (NYC) celebrated the International Youth Day 2017 in Iligan City with a 2-day event. On August 10, the youth leaders from different schools and private organizations assembled at Plaza Alemania for the crafting of a manifesto for the youth of the country. And on August 11, participants representing their respective provinces in Mindanao gathered at the Iligan City National High School gymnasium to celebrate a simultaneous event with participants from Luzon, and the Visayas.

The manifesto was centered on youth empowerment and was made sure that the voice of the youth would be heard. Iligan City was chosen by Chairman Aiza Seguerra because this is the focal point of the major happenings in the country these days and, undeniably, this is where the voices of the youth are hardly ever heard. Interesting as it is, the youth leaders may be young but are well-informed, are aware of the current events and are driven to speak for the betterment of the country. They were also thankful that they were given the attention they need and they enthusiastically participated in the brain storming on the problems the youth of the country today are facing and what they can do or contribute to alleviate these situations. Problems related to education, health, social prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination were raised. And issues such as HIV awareness, and child protection programs were discussed and were found to be lacking and, thus must be strengthened and given more attention.

The participants were able to contribute to the said crafting of the manifesto through their own personal experiences, and most of the problems were easily identified because many of the youth today are experiencing these on a daily basis in the basic unit of the society, the family.

“We are not heard, or should I say, we do not speak because of fear of our elders,” a volunteer and private school teacher from Marawi City stated in an interview. “It has been that way ever since, but I’m hopeful that someday that will change,” she added.

Chairman Seguerra was pleased with the warmth and participation of the youth. “We are one in the Philippines, despite our differences in religion, beliefs, or culture. The crafting of this manifesto is basically that, it is us the youth working together despite our differences. I hope that this is a big start as the youth today is the next game player (of this country), we will learn how to respect each other’s differences and work together,” said the chairman.

Most of us grew up with the idea that the youth and the children must abide with what the elders think, say and do out of respect or fear; or that the youth still have to mature and develop. But that should not always be the case. Their voices should be heard and listened to being members of the society.


– –  Kristoff S./Web-CIO