Local voices sail for Layag Pilipinas 2020
“It is naive, or ideal to say, of [having] voices coming together to unify – but we did it in Layag Pilipinas,” these were the promising words of Renz Lacorte, a young student leader behind the ongoing two-day virtual youth leadership summit this October 2-3, 2020.
Layag Pilipinas is an online convention of around 260 student leaders all over the country who will be engaging with prominent leaders of different sectors. Their goal is to gather and engage with young leaders of the country to tackle various issues confronting the nation.
“The youth must have the agency for them to articulate, to talk about their aspirations and dreams of the country,” Lacorte expressed.
Together with his org-mates’ support from PIGLASAPAT, a student-led socio-civic organization, and his college professors and mentors, his vision has finally realized. This convergence is an opportunity for young leaders to engage and improve perspective coming from different places in the country, with the intervention of policy-makers and influential sector leaders.
Recently, Layag Pilipinas announced the participation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Vice President Leni Robredo, who will grace their event by giving a keynote messages. Also, among its esteemed speakers who will give a 15-minute talk are Free Legal Assistance Group Lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno; Davao de Oro Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy; and Philippine Army Spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala.
Aside from policy-makers, delegates will also engage with the nation’s leading voices in different movements for change like Cirilo Lagnason, Jr. of ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Leader Global Youth Biodiversity Network; Dexter Yang of GoodGov PH; Reycel Bendaña of Youth, Transport Workers, and Laborers Move as One Coalition; Brian Adam Anay of Equal Access International, and Ma. Antonia Arroyo of Ignite Impact Fund, as well as TV personalities Gretchen Ho and Bianca Gonzales-Intal.
“[This is] to carry out a message that Mindanao leaders could also hold national summits. I wanted it to be a game-changer. This time, Mindanaoan leaders are in the frontline, leading engagements,” Lacorte shared.
For the previous years, he has been attending numerous national youth conferences in Luzon and Visayas; but this time, it will be Mindanao who will spearhead such gathering. They have also strategically designed the discourse to be balanced and objective, getting people from opposite political stands and perspectives.
“Just like Mindanao – coexistence and diversity of voices are possible, and that’s actually the hallmark of peace. Basically, [that is the] meaning why we are building a nation,” he added.
Carl Maglinte, a delegate from Ateneo de Davao University, shared his excitement in meeting dreamers and visionaries all over the country. For him, summits are the perfect avenue to share the pleas and aspirations for the nation, and as a celebration of diverse culture.
“I look forward to hearing inspiring stories and challenging experiences from our leaders that will encourage us more to stand with the Filipinos,” Maglinte stated.
Due to the pandemic and strict health protocols, the event will be done virtually, maximizing the online digital space. A simultaneous livestream of the event can be accessed through their official FB page here.
Layag Pilipinas 2020 is only one of the valuable events instituted by Renz. Last June, he also started the Tulong Skwela PH, a donation-drive project aiming to raise digital devices and educational materials for public school teachers and students who are struggling with online education. To know more about this project, visit Tulong Skwela PH on Facebook, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.