In line with its mission to uphold youth involvement and empowerment through nation-building, active youth leaders and students all over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon gathered and celebrated International Youth Day, happened August 12th, at SM North EDSA Sky Dome.
This year’s IYD featured Sangguniang Kabataan Festival where the National Youth Commission (NYC) formally introduced the main aspects of RA 10742, known as ‘Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015.’
SK reform aims to bring back the state’s recognition to the vital role of the youth in nation-building. Thus, promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being; inculcates patriotism, nationalism and other desirable values; and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs, which was promulgated at the introductory provisions of the act.
Attorney Maia Chara Halmen Reina A. Valdez states that IYD 2016 pays tribute to the young ones who are builders and game changers of the society. In relation to this, she also exclaimed that to effectively extend the services of the government to the most basic unit of authority, SK will make it possible.
“Ibaba natin sa mga Barangay ang Gobyerno; Iparamdam natin sa mamamayan na may Gobyerno—Tayo ang magpapatakbo ng Gobyerno na ‘to.” Atty. Valdez said.
Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV furthermore emphasized that now is the country’s high time to give [youth] their enabling environment in order to succeed. He also believed that through SK and clear objectives set to run this initiative, youth empowerment will be achieved immediately.
Moreover, one of the highlights of the said event was the proclamation of the newly appointed Chairperson of National Youth Commission, Usec. Cariza ‘Aiza’ Yamson Seguerra.
Before the event has ended, Senator JV Ejercito, Congressman Wesley Gatchalian and Former Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. encouraged the youth to be remain vigilant, and serve none other than for the interest of the country.