SUGPAT is one with the youth around the world in celebrating the International Youth Day 2020.
In a video message, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake said, “This international youth day, we celebrate youth engagement for global action. I celebrate you, young people who show resilience, strength, and solidarity in the face of an invisible enemy to benefit your communities.”
To celebrate this year’s international youth day, SUGPAT conducted three online activities, all showcasing youth engagement and participation.
Amplyfying the bayanihan spirit
In the time of a global health crisis, youth groups and organizations were seen to step up and bring aid to their fellow Filipinos who were greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Highlighting the effort, innovation, and the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino Youth, SUGPAT organized an online live event where youth-led initiatives in the Philippines were featured.
Conducted on August 12, Bayanihan Collectives was an online Facebook Live event where SUGPAT highlighted the youth’s effort to help their fellow Filipinos cope up during the ongoing crisis. Bayanihan Collectives featured eleven (11) youth-led initiatives in the different areas of the Philippines such as Zamboanga City, Marawi City, Siocon, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Quezon Province, and even an initiative from Filipino youth in Singapore.
Reinforcing active participation through wise and responsible voting
“Madugo itong sunod na election so you have to prepare for it. I hope you will all be guided, I hope you will all be inspired, I hope you will be courageous,” COMELEC Commissioner Atty. Rowena Guanzo said on the role of the youth in the coming election.
On August 15, SUGPAT organized “RAWR (Reinforcing Active participation through Wise and Responsible voting): A talk show on youth voters’ education,” a Facebook Live event, as part of the International Youth Day 2020 celebration.
In partnership with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog City, and Zamboanga City, the talk show aims to influence the youth to use their right to vote.
Linking this year’s theme of the IYD “Youth Engagement for Global Action, SUGPAT Founding Director Kiko Miranda said that aside from participating and attending youth programs and activities, and volunteering, youth engagement also means having the power to choose the right leaders for our city and country.
The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake said, “The Covid-19 pandemic revealed the fragility of our current global systems. It exposed the flaws of our political economic and social structures. I’m so proud to see young people calling out the root causes of this flawed systems.”
The talk show was also participated by a representative of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), Atty. Mary Ann Alba, and a representative of National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Sir Christopher Chiong.
The two guests shared about their experiences as volunteers during the elections, and answered live questions from the online streaming.
Cary Pioc, SK Zamboanga City Federation President, Miles Tejada, SK Zamboanga del Norte Federation President, and Zoe Mandel Lugasan, SK Dipolog City Federation President, all gave their closing messages as partners of this event.
The program ended with a Responsible Voting Commitment Ceremony where the audience of the live event pledged to be responsible and wise voters.
Kabataan, Game KNB?
To help young people destress and connect with their fellow youth amidst the pandemic, SUGPAT organized its first-ever game night.
Participated by 9 youth organizations, the game night entitled “Kabataan, Game KNB?” was a pop-cultured quiz bowl that was held on August 24.
“In the time of the pandemic, I think that it’s really important for us to stay connected with the world. Organizing this game night is our way of reaching out to these young people and give them a little bit of fun. It’s important that we also take care of our mental health now more than ever,” SUGPAT Training Officer and Kabataan Game KNB host Rogin Eribal said.
“I would really like to thank SUGPAT for this opportunity and for holding this event. I’m so happy to be able to participate and see other youth organizations here as well,” Brittney Orpiano said. Orpiano and his teammate Matt Dave Orpiano, both from the Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Talisayan won the first place of the game night.
Winning prepaid load as prize during the game night, Matt Dave Lachica said that they will also use this in organizing their online activities for the youth in their community.
According to the United Nations, the theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.