What opportunities await Filipino youth in ASEAN integration?

MANILA, Philippines - Carrying the theme “Islands of Opportunities for the Youth in an Integrated ASEAN,” UGNAYAN Summit 2015 will be held on March 6-8, 2015 at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon CIty. 

UGNAYAN 2015 is a conversation among young people on ASEAN integration, tackling the challenges the Filipino youth need to overcome, as well as the opportunities that will be available for them in the ASEAN community. It aims to educate the youth of what is in-store for them in the ASEAN Integration. (READ: A united region: The ASEAN Community 2015)

It aims to come up with a concrete and feasible action-plan that all stakeholders should do to improve the capacity of Filipinos to succeed in the ASEAN community.

The event will be composed of 3 plenaries. “ASEAN 101,” focuses on the basics of ASEAN and ASEAN integration: its 3 pillars, rationale, programs, and the effects of the integration to its member nations.

It will be followed by a discussion on the “Challenges and Opportunities of the Integration” that will focus on the effects, issues, and challenges of the ASEAN integration to the Philippines. After the discusson, delegates will be divided into integrated discussion groups to develop a deeper understanding of the relation of the Filipinos to the ASEAN integration.

Another plenary will focus on “The Filipino Youth in an ASEAN Era,” which will tackle different opportunities that the ASEAN integration will open to the youth. A breakout session will follow to have an in-depth discussion on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of the ASEAN integration to the different sectors. Another integrated discussion will follow to focus on “Grabbing and Creating Opportunities for the Youth in an Integrated ASEAN.”

UGNAYAN will also feature competitions to its delegates. There will be 3 competitions: Project Feasibility Defense Competition, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Essay Writing Contests in English and Filipino. 

UGNAYAN Summit 2015 is organized by Children’s Museum and Library, Inc – Junior Council Alumni Association, Junior Philippine Society of Public Administrators, National Alliance of Youth Leaders, and Practice of Administrative Leadership in NCPAG, in partnership with the University of the Philippines System. 

UGNAYAN is being organized in cooperation with the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, National Youth Commission, the Royal Institution of Singapore, and the Seaoil Foundation. 

The organizing team also extends special thanks to Informatics College and San Miguel Corporation, as well as to its media partners: ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN News Channel, DZUP 1602, PTV-4, Rappler, and WhenInManila.com.

For inquiries, please contact Jules Guiang at 09175469472 or visit ugnayansummit.weebly.com, UGNAYAN on Facebook, and @_UGNAYAN on Twitter. - Rappler.com