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AIESEC convenes 2nd Philippines Youth to Business Forum

AIMED at establishing the significant role of the youth in forming a globally competitive economy for the country, AIESEC Philippines held its second Philippines Youth to Business (Y2B) Forum last October 23 at the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU).

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     AIMED at establishing the significant role of the youth in forming a globally competitive economy for the country, AIESEC Philippines held its second Philippines Youth to Business (Y2B) Forum last October 23 at the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU).

     Hosted by Daniela Louisa Tan, Conference Committee President of the Asia Pacific Congress, Y2B included talks and workshops that promoted interaction between young leaders and business industry giants.

     “Skills are most valued in today’s competitive world,” said Member Committee President Audrey Elumba of AIESEC Philippines in her keynote address.

     Speakers Miriam Quevenco, International Student Identification Card Project director, Eugene Teves, Hewlett Packard APJ Service Management manager, and Mark Bantigue, marketing manager of Groupon Philippines stressed out during the opening forum the competitive advantages of the Philippines, the youth’s responsibility in shaping a globally competitive country, and the image of the nation in the forthcoming years.

     Topic Spaces, as dubbed on the event, included series of talks emphasizing education, technology, and global experience that may prepare the delegates for the future.

     “To be globally competitive, we must be globally competent.” said Quevenco in her speech on education, adding to the discussion the purpose of learning, the duty of global citizens, and accountability as the role of the youth.

     Association of Southeast Asian Nation countries’ resiliency to global economic slowdown, attraction of investors through good economy and governance, and the growth of information technology by transforming it to utility were few of Teves’ core agenda in his speech on technology.

     Meanwhile, Pakistani Project of PH Realty Syed Raza discussed the perks of travelling abroad, self-realization on learning, and his belief on failure as a kind of success.

     For the holistic personal development of the delegates, workshops on personal branding, online marketing, social business, and value-based leadership were conducted.

     “The greatest ability in this world is availability,” said Pocholo de Leon Gonzales about personal branding. De Leon is the voice master who established Creativoices Production, and founder and main anchor of Radio Inquirer’s show “Voice of the Youth Radio.”

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     According to Bantigue, speaker on the subject of marketing, there is better business through online platforms. He then added that the sources of innovation today are porn industry, gaming industry, hackers, and the street.

     Associate Editor of Yourstory Media Alessio Pieroni shared his beliefs and tips regarding social business. Leadership styles and needs of leaders were conferred by international economist Rahul Maira, AIESEC Asia Pacific Coordinator, in his talk on value-based leadership.

     “Open Spaces,” where the youth delegates were given time to answer 12 questions noted to test their absorbed knowledge on being sustainable in the economy, was carried out after the workshops. The delegates wrapped up the event with thoughts on promotion of technical literacy, advanced learning environment, proposed partnerships and investments, and upholding local product industry.

     The host concluded the event with a closing forum, giving the delegates ideas to ponder on with regards to the vision of other countries towards the Philippines, and the targeted future of the country which is parallel to the duty of the youth today.

     The forum was attended by 415 delegates from different universities, including University of Santo Tomas (UST), ADMU, De La Salle University, University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, University of Asia and the Pacific, Miriam College, and Assumption College, who were screened through online registration.

     The Philippines Youth to Business Forum was in partnership with Hewlett Packard, in cooperation with Manila Bulletin, Nuffnang Philippines, WhenInManila.com, BusinessWorld, Chalk Magazine, 99.5 Play FM, Monster Radio RX 93.1, and Radio Inquirer’s Voice of the Youth Radio. The event was covered by local campus media including UST’s TomasinoWeb and Thomasian Cable Television.

By Joanne Marie A. Camello
Photo taken by Joshua P. Lugti

 

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Martial law victims slam Marcos day

Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

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Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Executive Director Ma. Cristina Rodriguez said that it is “harmful to the country’s history” as it could generate misleading facts that can confuse younger generations. 

“Kapag hinayaan mo ang probinsya niya na i-honor parin siya, ang harm niyan hindi lang sa probinsya niya kung hindi sa buong bansa,” Rodriguez said. 

According to Rodriguez, the Marcoses should be held accountable for the youth to understand the atrocities during Martial Law. 

She stressed that Ilocos Norte should instead “be ashamed” as they “fully benefited” from Marcos, while Mindanao was bombed and Cagayan Valley and Samar’s forest were industrially logged. 

“Sa totoo lang ang dapat maging attitude ng mga taga-Ilocos Norte ay bumawi naman kayo. ‘Wag niyo nang igasgas sa sugat ang asin,” Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez also said that the national government should not acknowledge the bill to “hold a moral position” on the abuses inflicted by the Marcoses. 

“Yung mga nakinabang sa Martial Law at sa panahon ni Marcos gusto nila ‘yan. Dapat yung ating pagsusulat ng kasaysayan at pagtuturo ng kasaysayan ay tama,” Martial Law political prisoner Cris Palabay said. 

Palabay urged the youth not to forget the atrocities during the Martial Law. 

“Huwag po tayong matakot, lagi ko nga po sinasabi yung culture of fear, culture of silence, dapat yan ay labanan, tiyak yan, mas maraming magagandang mangyayari,” Palabay said. 

The webinar, “Francisco de Vitoria: Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao – Talakayang Batas Militar” was organized by UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office to shed light on the abuse of human rights amid the pandemic. Cherizza Mae Bautista

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Filipino environmental advocates demand for ‘better normal’

Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

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Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

“As youth leaders, as young people, we have been active in different forms of advocacy work to forward our legitimate concerns on government policies, but particularly those related to environment and climate, and to those policies that will directly affect us,” said youth representative Jeff Estela during the online press conference.

Estela stressed the recent suppression of the freedom of speech, following the passage of the Anti-Terror Law.

Last July, youth environmental activist Greta Thunberg called to repeal the said law, citing that it equates environmental activism with terrorist activities.

“With the current move and actions of the government, this can be used to intensify the intimidation, fear-mongering, and the present attacks on the environmental defenders and advocates,” Estela said.

Environmental lawyer and activist Atty. Antonio La Viña emphasized the need of the youth to make strong demands, and to take direct action to appeal to the decision makers.

“I think the time now is to be really radical about the solutions,” he said.

La Viña highlighted the benefit of listening to indigenous people, as it will prevent further damage in nature such as the construction of Kaliwa Dam.

Yung climate change is not about carbon. It is not about emissions, ‘di ba? It’s not about markets. It’s on people,” he said. “Tao. Lalo na mahihirap.

Transition of renewable energy, according to La Viña, produces sustainable and cheap energy for everyone.

“Renewable energy is the future, the economics are there for it, and we just have to take very strong action to go to the transition very close to energy,” he said.

The online press conference, “National Youth Demands: Youth Declaration for Climate Justice,” with the theme “Para sa Klimabukasan,” was organized by Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines in solidarity with global movements inspired by Thunberg. Vhey Dela Cruz Tapia

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‘Democratic spaces shrink amid COVID-19 pandemic’—PhilRights exec

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Transparency and accountability are not government priorities. A culture of impunity continues to be perpetuated by the government,” PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan said. 

Simbulan, who is also the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Manila, emphasized that passing the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 and lowering the age of criminal liability are “anti-people policies” propagated by the government’s legal apparatus. 

“Part of the efforts of the government to discourage protest actions, political actions intended to call the attention of the government to policies and programs that are anti-people is the framing of civic participation as a destabilizing force,” she said.

Duterte’s core principle of governance

Simbulan condemned the blatant red-tagging of democrative defenders and government critics that recently claimed the lives of Randall Echanis and Zara Alvarez, further highlighting the 2019 Global Peace Index which placed the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific. 

She noted that the government playbook normalizes violence as there are efforts being undertaken by the administration to “make people accept violence” as part of their daily lives.

“President Duterte’s core principle of governance is violence, and even the international community has not failed to recognize this,” Simbulan said. 

However, Simbulan said that there are “glimmers of hope” in different forms of resistance such as continued mobilizations, documentations, and lobbying of petitions in Congress and Supreme Court. 

The webinar titled, “Francisco de Vitoria Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao” was spearheaded by the UST – Simbahayan Community Development Program as a part of the annual human rights activities series every September.

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