October 24, 2014
NYC consults youth in electoral participation
Davao City – Over 30 students and young professionals from various youth organizations attend the Mindanao leg of the National Youth Commission’s (NYC) National Consultation on Young People’s Sectoral Participation at October 24 in the AMPC Green Building. The purpose of the consultation is to gather the youth’s views and recommendations on four key aspects of the electoral process: governance, infrastructure, participation and information. The consultation series asks youth to brainstorm on the four key issues to generate data and share their experiences in the conduct of elections. The consultations seek to address the major shortcomings of electoral participation in the country in order to better engage the youth to vote in the upcoming SK elections this 2015 and the 2016 national elections.
The NYC organizes the nationwide consultation as the agency is alarmed over the dearth of participation with the SK registration last September 20 to 27, 2014. The consultation is essential in order for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to find the issues most relevant to improving democratic participation in the country. “We decided to organize this nation-wide consultation because we reaffirm the youth’s role in nation-building”, said Assistant Secretary Kit Cruz, Commissioner-at-Large to the NYC. “We seek to gather ideas from the youth so we can present it to the COMELEC and legislators this December 8. We shall then pass what we gather from the consultations for the youth’s voice to be heard in policy-making”.
The next leg of the series will occur at November 14 in Metro Manila. Previous consultations were organized in Baguio (October 10) and Cebu (October 17).
ASEC. JOSE RAFAEL CRUZ
National Youth Commission
ARDEEN ROY C. DIAMANTE
10th National Youth Parliament
ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION
The National Youth Commission was established by virtue of Republic Act 8044, or the Youth in Nation- Building Act, which was enacted in 1995. This law provided for the creation of a National Comprehensive and Coordinated Program on Youth Development.
The NYC operationalized this provision through the creation of a Medium-Term Youth Development Plan (MTYDP) 1999-2004, of which all youth programs and projects implemented by all government agencies are strategically evaluated and monitored for their specific role in involving and enabling the youth as able partners towards national development.
ABOUT THE 10TH NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT
The National Youth Parliament is a biennial gathering of youth leaders across the country. Organized by the NYC since 1996, it is the largest convention of its kind in the Philippines. It seeks to involve youth in legislative work and parliamentary action. Convened in May 15-18, 2014 at the Old Senate Building the 10th National Youth Parliament organized various youth leaders on four issues: participation, health, employment and education.