Asia Society Philippines in cooperation with the Young Public Servants launched the Asia 21 Philippines Young Leaders Discussion Series: Social Conversations on Leadership, Democracy, and Multi-Sectorial Partnerships for Progress and Development.
This program aims to bring together the different Asia 21 Young Leaders in the Philippines to share their insights and knowledge about pertinent issues in society to a broader audience.
The first session focused on a discussion about How to be a Leader for the Future, following a topic brought up during the Asia 21 Philippines reunion last August 2012. The discussion featured Doris Dumlao (A21 Young Leader, New Delhi 2011) who is the Senior Business Reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Mark Ruiz (A21 Young Leader, Dhaka 2012) who is the Co-Founder and President of Microventures, Inc. who were also delegates to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland last January 2013. The session gave the participants the opportunity to learn from the Young Leaders about what they think the future will be requiring from leaders and what are the things that we can do today to help us prepare for the challenges in the future. To read more about the discussion, click here.
The second session was about Voters’ Education. Given the upcoming elections in the country for local and national government positions, Asia Society Philippines partnered with Youth Vote Philippines (also an affiliate of the Young Public Servants) to orient the Sangguniang Kabataan (youth arm of the government) of Makati City of their role in the upcoming elections in terms of providing the proper education to their constituents about the importance of responsible voting. The session featured Darwin Mariano (A21 Young Leader, Kuala Lumpur 2009) who also used to be part of the Sangguniang Kabataan himself. There was also a demonstration done by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the automated elections and an orientation about the organization Youth Vote Philippines. To read more about the session, click here.
Given the diverse backgrounds of the Asia 21 Philippine Awardees, this discussion series also aims to tackle different issues. The latest session was on Human Rights and Judicial Reform featuring initiatives of Atty. Damcelle Torres (A21 Young Leader, Singapore 2007) of WeDpro Philippines, Inc. and Dr. Corazon De Ungria (A21 Young Leader, Seoul 2006) of the Innocence Project Philippines. A session about Transparency in the Military will follow in the coming weeks featuring Major Dondi Pambid (A21 Young Leader, Tokyo 2008) and LTC Dennis Eclarin (A21 Fellow, 2007).