Scouts in the Philippines announce launch of Online Youth Parliament
Manila, Philippines, 2 May 2020 - The Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines Association (TOBSPA) has officially launched the applications for the very first TOBSPA Online Youth Parliament on Friday, May 1.
The TOBSPA Online Youth Parliament is a virtual gathering that aims to continue TOBSPA’s commitment to youth participation in decision-making, leadership, and quality education by providing a platform for young Filipinos to exchange ideas and discuss possible measures for social issues that directly affect them.
TOBSPA President Jayvy R. Gamboa of BSP’s Batangas City Council highlighted that the event is intended as a learning opportunity for the Filipino youth, Scouts and non-Scouts. “TOBSPA is organising this online youth parliament to harness the potential of the Filipino youth, most of which are currently holed up at home, experiencing a void in formal education due to the suspension of classes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Since the onset of this Coronavirus pandemic, the routine of the students has been thrown in complete disarray. This event will help them re-establish a sense of normality and will provide them with learning opportunities from home, and from a competent pool of speakers,” he added.
The event will run for three days, from 9 to 11 May 2020, and will be participated by 30 Filipino youth who will be carefully selected based on merits and the quality of their applications. To secure a diverse pool of participants interested applicants must be between 16 to 24 years old, Scout or non-Scout, ready to engage in discourse and effect change in their communities, and are actively engaged or interested in policy-making to address social issues.
To provide guidance for the participants, the Parliament will invite input speakers and technical experts - TOBSPA members - from various disciplines and fields of expertise, who will expound on exciting and relevant topics which are of interest to the Filipino youth. Plenary sessions and breakout groups will also be organised to bring out youth perspectives on matters of national interest.
Moderated discussions among the participants will be of vital importance for the event as it is geared towards crafting an effective, formal resolutions that will be forwarded to both chambers of the Philippine Congress.
Founded in 1995, TOBSPA is the official organisation of awardees or national winners of the annual Search for the Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines organised by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
Applications for the event run through 5 May 2020 and is accessible online at https://bit.ly/tobsparliament. The official list of participants will be announced on 7 May 2020.
This article was written by Richard D. Olano, TOBS 2016 from BSP Capiz Council. Richard is a former Regional Scout Representative for Visayas (Youth Advisor) to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 2016-2017. For more details, you may reach the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.