Senatorial bets allied with progressive youth groups: 'Uphold our agenda' | BICOL TODAY

Senatorial bets allied with progressive youth groups: ‘Uphold our agenda’

By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region — While voters nationwide are casting their votes today, Monday, youth and students from all over the country have already joined forces with selected senatorial candidates for the National Youth Covenant held last Saturday in UP Diliman, Quezon City, was informed in Naga City.

Said covenant, held at the UP Diliman School of Economics Auditorium, has sought to forge unities with aspiring public officials in the common goal of ensuring that social services and holistic development are available to as many youth as possible.

“The Covenant gives primacy to the demand for free education at all levels, as well as advancement of the students’ and youth’s democratic rights,” said College Editors Guild National Secretary-General Paula Janer.

The demand comes in conjuncture with the passing of RA 10931, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which mandates free education in state universities and colleges, technical-vocational learning centers and local universities and colleges.

However, the youth solon said that maneuvers are being done in schools which run counter to the heart of the law, including but not limited to “the charging of dubious, redundant and miscellaneous fees.”

A press conference was held discussing youth issues including education woes such as tuition increase, K-12, de-funding of student institutions etc.

“The Covenant aims to gain commitment towards making education accessible to all Filipino youth regardless of age, gender, political or religious belief, and socio-economic standing,” added Janer.

Youth Agenda    

Besides forwarding the free public education at all levels, the National Youth Covenant has aimed to make the 2019 Youth Agenda a reality.

These include:

– Decent jobs for the youth and the people
– Improved healthcare and other social services
– Clean and affordable energy, water and utilities
– Increased awareness and focus on mental health
– Better telecommunications and internet
– Good governance and youth empowerment
– Promotion of democratic rights in and out of campuses
– Gender equality and end to discrimination
– Environmental preservation and climate action

“The attainment of such goals are central to ensuring a better future for the pag-asa ng bayan and the next generations to come who will inherit this country,” said Raoul Manuel, deputy secretary general of the National Union of Students of the Philippines. NUSP is the broadest alliance of student councils in the country.

“Such would entail lifting them out of poverty, working towards lowering the prices of basic commodities, democratizing the political arena, achieving climate justice and the like,” Manuel said.

Besides Kabataan party-list and NUSP, the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippinbes, Rise for Education Alliance, PUP and UP Office of the Student Regent, Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP, Kabataang Lingkod Bayan and Local Sangguniang Kabataan units had joined them as event presenters.

Challenge to senatoriables 

Joining the youth from various universities and colleges are senatorial bets Atty. Neri Colmenares, Atty. Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Leody de Guzman, Atty. Florin Hilbay and Atty. Erin Tañada.

Said candidates, who were endorsed by the Makabayan Coalition, are set to respond to the National Youth Covenant.

Kabataan party-list, NUSP, and CEGP likewise called on all of those aspiring for government positions to heed to their challenge.

“We are calling on all Senatorial bets to commit to the attainment of free and accessible education,” says Manuel.

“We dare them to stand with us in the struggle to ensure that all Filipino youth can acquire quality education which will enable us to become productive members of our society,” said Elago. []

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