MANILA, Dec 6 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the youth to join government efforts in nation building saying their time, knowledge and talent hold the key to solving the nation’s problems.
The President issued the call during awarding ceremonies of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) held in Malacañang on Thursday.
“Ang pangarap po natin, at talagang nakatutok tayo sa pagkamit —ang ilayo sa bitag ng gutom at kahirapan si Juan dela Cruz at ilapit siya sa katuparan ng kaniyang mga pangarap,” the President said.
“Tiwala akong magagawa natin ito, lalo pa’t nag-uumapaw ang ating bayan sa mga kabataang handang mag-ambag ng oras, talino at talento upang masolusyonan ang mga pambansang suliranin,” he added.
He pointed out that there is more to the youth despite the common misconception that they would rather spend time on frivolous activities such as playing computer games, going to the mall and hanging out with their friends or “gimmicks.”
“Pero malinaw din na ang mga bagay na mahalaga – malasakit sa kapwa, paglingap sa mga nangangailangan, pagkukusang tumulong sa ikabubuti ng bansa – ay nakatanim pa rin sa puso ng kabataang Pilipino,” the President said.
“Ito ang diwa ng pagtitipon natin ngayong umaga. Pinapatunayan ng Ten Accomplished Youth Orgranizations ngayong taon na handang makipag-bayanihan ang kabataan sa tuwid na daan. Ibinabandila ng mga ginagawaran nating organisasyon na anuman ang edad, kasarian o katayuan natin sa buhay, basta’t sama-sama tayong gumagawa ng tama, makakapagdulot tayo ng ginhawa sa kapwa at bansa,” he stressed.
The Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations (TAYO Awards) is an annual search and recognition program for outstanding groups of young Filipinos that contribute to the development of the country through humanitarian projects in their respective schools and communities.
It is a project of the TAYO Awards Foundation and spearheaded by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
TAYO is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation headed by its current president Paolo Benigno “Bam”A. Aquino IV, the National Youth Commission, and the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan. It is presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. with the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, SM Supermalls and SM Cares Foundation, and the Philippine Council for Young Leaders in Governance.
This year’s TAYO awardees are: Ang Kabataan of Rizal, Kalipunan and Marketing Junior Executives of the University of the Cordilleras (Benguet), University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise (Pangasinan), Ramon Magsaysay Technological University-Electrical Engineering Society (Zambales);
Cebuano Youth Ambassadors (Cebu City), Dire Husi Initiatives, Incorporated (Cagayan de Oro City), I CAN Make a Difference, Inc. (Zamboanga City), Monteverde 4-H Club (Zamboanga City), One Million Lights Philippines and the La Salle Debate Society. (MNS)