By: Jazon Enriquez-Roque
De La Salle University hosted the first International Youth Leaders Summit from February 10 to 14. Forty-one delegates from different countries in Southeast Asia, including the host country, participated in the said summit which lasted for five days.
“Initiating Student Action towards an Empowered Generation” was the theme of the summit. It aimed to educate the Southeast Asian youth on how to become a “more responsible student leader” and get ready as the ASEAN prepares for the Asian Economic Community (AEC) next year.
On the first day of the summit, guests were given a chance to get to know the country’s capital, Manila. The succeeding day gave the delegates an opportunity to interact with one another and discuss their respective countries’ readiness for Asian Economic Community (AEC) next year.
On the fourth day of the program, discussions were held regarding the primary goals of the event. Attorney Chito Gascon, the Undersecretary for Political Affairs from Office of the Political Advisor, Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, discussed “Path of Student Leadership for ASEAN 2015”.
Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, a Political Science Professor from De La Salle University – Manila, followed with the discussion on “Importance of AEC 2015”.
Mr. Jules Maaten, the Country Director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation Philippines, discussed “IYLS: Movement Towards Change.”
Monday and Friday were marked as the arrival and the departure of the delegates.