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The Student Congress 2021: Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo
We had an opportunity to be part of a Student Congress that tackled about terrorism and drugs. The awareness of how recruitment happens to join rebels and support revolution has been circulating around our country, the Philippines. You can see it in the news and even in social media. The targets are the youth.
In this article, let me share with you the summary of our 1st Semester Student Congress 2021. The issues that the people behind this event focused on were about drugs and terrorism, which the youth has been involved with. Here is the summary and my reaction on the said student congress.
The 1st Semester Student Congress 2021 started by playing a video that encourages the youth to be more responsible and focused on the things that matters the most, like Education and achieving their dreams. Afterwards, Dr. Maria Teresita Macanas Semana made her speech in behalf of Commission on Higher Education.
She mentioned how important it is to enjoy life as a youth and not waste it for something unreasonable. The speech turned to be an encouraging one for her listeners because she reminded the youth of how they can change the world and be responsible citizens of the country.
When Dr. Semana ended her speech, there was a video from PGEN. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Elleazar. He was talking about the youth, his experiences, and also what he learned from life. He shared how his father influenced him to be a better man, and he talked about how he changed the recruitment process for police officers. Corruption will never happen on his reign, he said.
Also, he encouraged the youth about the importance of education and how they can make a change in the community. Lastly, he ended his speech with a life lesson which is to start the little changes within us so we could do bigger changes sooner or later.
There was a slide shared by the Region III Police Office about KKDAT or also known as Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terrorismo. They explained details about drugs and why they are prohibited. The slide also included the effects and impact of drugs and terrorism to the community and society we live in. Overall, this program talked about the avoidance of youth in the involvement from drugs and terrorism.
The student congress left a lot of lessons in me, especially about the importance of the youth and their minds to be more aware of the social issues the country has been facing lately. As a student, I can say that this student congress approached me to be concerned on what is happening in my society. It has been a great pleasure to listen with the speeches from people who encourage us to be united as a citizen of the country. I learned a lot and they have explained things well enough.
One of the most memorable part for me was when the mothers of missing students started to talk about their sons and daughters. They have been seeking for answers of why and how. I can see how sad they were in losing their children. And I just felt the pain they had gone through while facing the hearings and receiving news about terrorism. They have mentioned how smart and responsible their children were, but is now being one of the enemies of the government. Why? Because they have been brainwashed, just like how the parents described it.
I can say that this one is a job well done from the people behind the success of this program. The speakers did great in pursuing the youth to focus on their goals, dreams, and education. There are videos played for us to see what happens to the youth who chose the other side which is to join the revolution.
We also heard the cry for help of the mothers of these youth. It was sad but at least they opened our eyes to this matter. This program became an eye-opener and gave a lot of realizations to whoever watched and will watch it.
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