MANILA, (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said attaining the goal of establishing a peaceful, stable, and prosperous country rests largely in the hands of the Filipino citizens, especially the younger generations.
“As future leaders, the youth must be guided to become responsible, conscientious individuals who are ready to perform their respective roles in society,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the Philippine Society of Young Good Citizens on the occasion of “I Transform! Young Leaders Convention: Believe, Excel, Serve, Transform! (B.E.S.T) Mindanao Wave.”
The Philippine Society of Young Good Citizens opened on Friday the four-day convention which has for its theme: “United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs): Global Action. Innovation. Peace and Solidarity” at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City.
“Your government considers the involvement of our youth crucial in this time of our revitalization, as their idealism and energy serve as fuel to sustain us on the straight and righteous path,” the President said.
“May you all emerge from this event more passionate and committed in our collective responsibility to improve the lot of our people. May integrity, excellence, and compassion continue to characterize all of our pursuits, that we may bequeath a better, more equitably progressive Philippines to future generations,” he stressed.
The activity aims to give young Filipinos the avenue to share innovative ways to address pressing social problems at the local level using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The “I Transform…” campaign was launched in September 2012 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol where 650 youth leaders representing 130 organizations were participants.