PASAY CITY – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth, Sonny Angara, hailed the enactment of three laws that will foster the development of young Filipinos as future leaders and productive members of society.
“We are grateful for the inclusion of youth initiatives in the list of new laws. Youth programs are often overlooked in government priorities, but they deserve more attention as they represent the future of our country,” said Angara.
National Youth Day (Republic Act 11913) and National Music Competitions for Young Artists (Republic Act 11915) went into effect on July 30, 2022, while Youth Summer Camp (Republic Act of the Republic 11910) became law on July 28, 2022.
RA 11913 declares August 12 each year as National Youth Day in keeping with International Youth Day declared by the United Nations.
Under the bill, the National Youth Commission, along with the Ministry of Education, the Higher Education Commission and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority are invited to include discussions about career paths, sustainable development goals, environmental preservation, gender equality. , and mental health during the celebration of National Youth Day.
All educational institutions are encouraged to offer activities such as leadership training, youth empowerment, workshops, grassroots mass integration and community immersion as part of the National Day celebration of the youth.
Provincial and local youth development offices are also encouraged to prepare annual programs and carry out activities that ensure holistic development and enrichment of young people in their respective communities.
RA 11915 designates the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) as the Philippine National Youth Development Program for Music.
Under the law, NAMCYA will serve as a conduit for the discovery of outstanding musical talent in the country; the development of musicians; the preservation, development and promotion of Filipino music as an art form; and undertaking an ongoing program of research, documentation and publication of Filipino music for dissemination in schools and the general public.
NAMCYA was officially organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended in November 1988 in response to the imperative need to develop and promote Filipino music as an art and as a servant of cultural development.
It organizes annual competitions and organizes master classes and workshops on music theory; choral direction and technique; choral literature and vocal technique; writing and choral arrangement, among others.
RA 11910 institutionalizes the annual youth summer camp program as a means of instilling a sense of social responsibility, patriotism, service to others, and leadership among youth.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating summer camps for young people in their respective jurisdictions.
In collaboration with the National Youth Commission, representatives of local educational institutions and the local Youth Development Office, the SKs will develop modules on courses related to current issues and events impacting youth; communication and team building, conflict management, inclusive environment, leadership and parliamentary procedures; writing, research, editing, illustration and publication; public speaking; sports and fitness; mental well-being, including pregnancy in young people; development of digital skills; entrepreneurship and livelihood skills training; and cultural awareness.
“Patuloy natin na isusulong ang programa para sa ating mga kabataan. Investing in our young people is essential to the overall growth and development of our country. Conversely, failure to do so will lead to many problems that will undo all the gains we have already made said Angara (OSSA)