“I enjoined everyone to participate immensely in pushing genuine change in the government. I urged the youth sector to intensify your participation and to be part of progressive change that will give impact to the community.” DILG Assistant Secretary Marjorie Jalosjos said in her welcome remarks during a two-day (Oct. 17-18) held at the Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City.
Together with National Youth Commission (NYC) and Konrad Adenauer Shiftung (KAS), a German Political Foundation, the event facilitated a consultation among youth regarding the campaign for Constitutional Reform and the proposed shift to Federal form of government.
KAS Senior Manager Tonette de Jesus expressed hope in Filipino youth to make a positive contribution to the nation and help to fine-tune opinions impacting the constitutional reform.
Attended by several youth leaders from different academic institutions, local organizations and associations, the event served as venue to enlighten the youth from the merits of the constitutional reform and to discuss various political, economic, and social issues affecting the government’s drive to amend the 1987 Constitution.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the youth are important demographic groups in the campaign because of their flexibility and openness to reforms necessary for progress. They are also the largest segment of the population.
“If we succeed in educating the youth about the benefits of federalism, we would have won half the battle already because we will have instilled in them a sense of responsibility in support of the change the administration wants to be able to move this country forward,” he says.
Malaya said that without people’s cooperation, especially the youth sector, change will not happen and that change will only progress through people’s initiative for constitutional revision and amendment.
“If we want change and constitutional reform in our country, change must come from within.” Malaya added. (with reports from Alehia Therese Abuan, PIA-NCR)
By Joedie Mae Boliver