Office of the Vice President
16 August 2017
Filipino youth organizations were revitalized and ready to take on community development after the two-day event entitled Power Up: Angat Buhay Youth Summit 2017, held from August 14-15, 2017. The event, which was organized by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) in partnership with Kaya Natin, Millenials PH, and Siklab Pilipinas, brought together representatives from 50 school, church and community-based youth organizations from all over the Philippines.
Participants of the summit earned the unique privilege of learning from some of the prominent resource persons. Speakers at the summit included Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino, social entrepreneur Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of “Rags2Riches”, advertising veteran Matec Villanueva, Philippine Toy Library founder Edsel Ramirez, Messy Bessy CEO and Founder Krie Reyes-Lopez, and Yellow Boat of Hope co-founder Anton Mari Lim. These speakers gave short workshops on strategic planning, community development, effective communication, resource mobilization, project monitoring and sustainability, and leadership, respectively.
At the end of the summit, Vice President Leni Robredo met with the participants who were eager to hear some words of wisdom from her. VP Leni discussed the importance of commitment in the face of difficulty: “Paminsan, kailangang tayong dumaan sa maraming kahirapan at pagsubok kasi iyon iyong magpapatatag sa atin,” she said.
VP Leni also expressed hope for the future of the Angat Buhay Youth program: “As we expand the program, mas marami na rin tayong mga kaibigan at partners. Kapag na-spread natin iyong ganitong klaseng spirit ng public service, walang dahilan para hindi umangat ang ating bansa.”
Of the 50 youth organizations invited to participate in the summit, a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the OVP and Angat Buhay partners, chose the top 20 project proposals. Those included in the top 20 gave a final pitch to the panel of judges, utilizing everything they learned from the two-day summit. Of the 20 project proposals, the panel of judges selected the top 10.
At the end of the Summit, the Top 10 best proposals were awarded P25,000 as seed-funds for their projects. The proposals spanned a wide range of issues, and were chosen based on four criteria; “First was the readiness to implement, so how specific, how concrete the plans are. Second is impact, or iyong purpose addressing specific poverty issues,” Vice Presidential Spokesperson and Advocacy Program
Head Georgina Hernandez said, in an interview, “The third is sustainability, in terms of being able to continuously implement this project even after the P25,000 seed-fund. [Fourth] the clarity of the presentation, iyong pitch. They way they’re able to do a sales pitch for their project.”
The top 1 project proposal, drafted by Project GifTED, is for children with mental health issues, out-of-school youths, and other disenfranchised children. The project aims to help them through music therapy, and they will partner with private schools to receive second hand musical instruments. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a youth orchestra. As the top ranked proposal, representatives from Project GifTED will be sent to Hanyang University in South Korea to pitch their project proposal during a youth congress to be held there in November.
The top ten project proposals selected are the following:
Project GifTED – Lipa City Youth Orchestra
Koalisyon ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral Para sa Sambayanan – umamBAG Tayo! – A diploma for every student
AO Creative Innovations – Ideas to Impact: Project Monitoring Tool
Keep Hope Alive – Bantay Kalusugan
Oro Youth Development Council – KA’YO Anti-Human Trafficking Challenge
Youth for Sustainable Change – The Manika Challenge
MyPEACE, Inc. – University of Southern Mindanao Chapter – Creation of Youth Reconciliation Council
Youth for Mental Health Coalition – SPROUT: Speak Out, Reach Out! A Mental Health Mission in Conflict, Geographically-isolated & Disadvantaged Areas
Batiti Ground – Made in IP
Iriga City Youth Development Council, Inc. – TULONG-DUNONG: Enhanced Learning Environment for Low Performers (ELELP)