The NEDA Region 5 partnered with the National Youth Commission Region 5 in organizing the Ambisyon Natin 2040 youth summit held on December 13 at The Concourse Convention Center in Legazpi City. It was attended by around 300 leaders of youth organizations in Bicol from junior and senior high schools, Alternative Learning Centers, tertiary schools, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, barangay youth task force, multi-sector youth organizations, including youth leaders with special needs and representatives of indigenous communities. The summit sought to engage the youth in advocating the Ambisyon Natin 2040 to their respective organizations to help sustain the momentum for the long term vision. For this purpose, advocacy materials and tokens were distributed to the summit participants.
In her opening message, NEDA Regional Director Agnes Espinas highlighted the role of the youth as the country’s future workers and leaders. It was followed by a presentation of the long term vision of Filipinos for self and country and how to realize the vision, including suggestions on how the youth can participate in the development process through enabling policies and mechanisms, such as the barangay youth task force, local development councils, and national youth parliament.
Twenty-three year old Ruby Anne Lorca of Legazpi City sang her composition “Pilipino Para Sa Kinabukasan” during the event. Her composition won in the song category of the Design the Future of the Philippines contest last July. Backed up by the Don Juan band, Ms. Lorca led the summit participants in singing the song that encourages the youth to sustain and fight for their dreams.
The summit provided a venue to build support towards the attainment of the vision by motivating the youth to get involved in the development process. Some of the insights that the participants shared during the open forum were the need to: (a) sustain the momentum across four administrations until 2040; (b) improve coordination among implementing agencies to ensure youth development; (c) enhance education curricula to focus on values formation and competency building; and (d) continue engagement and dialogue with the youth to sustain ownership and buy-in. Advocacy materials and tokens were provided to the participants to be used in cascading the information to their respective organizations.
The youth summit is the second of two major advocacy activities on the Ambisyon Natin 2040 organized by NEDA Region 5. The first was held last November 15 for the key development actors in the region, composed of representatives from regional agencies, local government units, government owned and controlled corporations, the academe, private sector, and civil society. A common sentiment by key development actors and the youth in Bicol was the need to sustain the momentum for the AmBisyon Natin 2040 through a continual stakeholder engagement.
The Filipinos’ vision for themselves is: “In 2040, we will all enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle, secure in the knowledge that we have enough for our daily needs and unexpected expenses, that we can plan and prepare for our own and our children’s futures. Our families live together in a place of our own, yet we have the freedom to go where we desire, protected and enabled by a clean, efficient, and fair government.” The Filipinos’ vision for the country is: “By 2040, the Philippines shall be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. Our people will enjoy long and healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and will live in a high-trust society.”
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