The Office of the Vice President has launched a fellowship program for progressive young public servants, as it aims to boost the role of the youth in upholding freedom, equality, and social justice in governance.
Established in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office, the Angat Buhay Young Leaders in Government Fellowship (ABYLGF) kicked off in San Mateo, Rizal last Tuesday, September 17, with 40 fellows including a mayor, vice mayors, and councilors, as well as government workers in the national government agencies, local government units, the legislative branch and state colleges and universities.
Vice President Leni Robredo led Tuesday’s opening ceremonies, reiterating the need to continue promoting and upholding human rights, transparency, and integrity in government, as her office has committed to do.
“What we do not realize is [those] are values that we live by every day, na hindi lang natin napapansin. [Mahalaga] na we take it to heart. Mahalaga na kahit nag-iisa lang tayo sa ating opisina na ganito iyong iniisip, dapat hindi tayo mawalan ng resolve,” she said.
Also present in the event were FES resident representative Dr. Johannes Kadura and FES program coordinator Augustus Cerdeña. They were also joined by Joy Aceron, convenor-director of Government-Watch Philippines (G-Watch), a research organization that promotes citizen action for accountability in government.
ABYLGF is one of the first government-led leadership training programs for young leaders in the Philippines. Under this fellowship, the new breed of public servants will undergo a series of talks, workshops, and mentorship sessions that will run from September to November 2019. These will cover themes such as: personal development skills for progressive leaders; political systems and theories; and transformative governance.
Having learned from leading resource persons from different agencies, as well as incumbent elected officials, the fellows are expected to implement a transformative project in their constituency or workplace.
The fellows were selected out of nearly 100 applicants, through a rigorous screening process before members of the OVP, the FES, and G-Watch.