Celebrating Women’s Month


Photo credit: http://www.gov.ph

To mark the beginning of our celebration for Women’s Month this March, here are a few must-read articles:

Water is a Woman’s Business in Indonesia’s Aceh and Nias

In the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, women are the main collectors, users and managers of water. They are also primarily responsible for the health and hygiene of household members. In the public sphere of decision making about water supply and sanitation, however, women have limited voice. Why? Because in this cultural context, traditionally the public sphere of decision-making and leadership is “men’s business” while the private sphere of home and family is “women’s business”.


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Two Thai Women and a Passion for Organic Food

For some, food preparation is their profession, while for others it is their passion. For Khun Mantana Leksomboon and Khun Supatra Chadbunchachai, who live in Thailand’s Kalasin and Khon Kaen provinces, the production of organic vegetables started as an interest that soon blossomed into a real passion. A passion for life.


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Tomorrow’s Women Water Leaders in Lao PDR

Phahatphane Manivanh is one of 26 female students awarded a scholarship to do a 4-year undergraduate degree in environment science. Her 25 other peers are studying civil and environment engineering at the National University of Lao and the Vocational Institution of Technology in Vientiane.


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Just a happy little reminder from us to you —

26 days to go before the deadline of #DearYouth Video Blog Competition! Don’t forget to send in your entries in time! 🙂



JOIN: #DearYouth Video Blog Competition


Hey, YOUth! We want you to be part of the 2nd Asian Youth Forum’s Social Media Team!

The 2-day forum will be attended by youth participants from across regions where there will be capacity-building, explorations of solutions, and networking in pursuit of green growth, governance, environment, education, and employment.

Interested? Simply join the #DearYouth: Innovation Without Borders Video Blog Competition. Here’s how:

1. Create a 2-minute video that encourages the youth to use social media in innovating solutions that address urgent social issues in Asia and the Pacific. Share your personal and organizational experiences!
2. Upload your entries to YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox.
3. Fill up the registration form where you will be asked to send us the link to your entry as well as other important information.
4. Deadline for submission of entries is 01 April 2014 (23:59 +8GMT)
5. Check adbyouthinitiative.wordpress.com/dearyouth for more details.

The 3 chosen winners also get the chance to share their message as part of the welcome address for the participants of the 2nd Asian Youth Forum.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Transcript: Twitter Dialogues with Bianca Gonzalez

@ADBYouth: Hi, @iamsuperbianca! Thank you very much for joining us for our 1st ever #YouthMatter Twitter Dialogues. How are you? 🙂

@iamsuperbianca: Hi, I’m good! 🙂 Hello to everyone tweavesdropping on our #YouthMatter dialogue today. Feel free to share your thoughts anytime!

@ADBYouth: Great to hear. Let’s get on with our conversation on The Role of #Youth & Civil Society in Post Typhoon #Haiyan Efforts. As a Filipina, what was your initial reaction to the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan? Two months after, have your sentiments changed?

@iamsuperbianca: I was just as shocked as everyone else I guess. We’ve had strong typhoons but as we watched the news as Haiyan hit. We knew this was different. Two months after, it still feels unreal, like a bad dream. Much has been done but there is still so much to do. The help from other countries has been overwhelming. And actually, on February 8, its PH Thanks The World day!

@ADBYouth: Since #Haiyan, you’ve consistently helped out both online and offline. This is truly inspiring! Despite your busy schedule, why do you choose to be actively involved?

@iamsuperbianca: To be honest, I don’t think it was “a choice” to be involved. I think that is just how we young people are now, especially because of social media, we are all updated; and when you see a situation like Haiyan, you can’t not do anything.

@ADBYouth: Why do you think it’s important for the youth to be involved in social concerns?

@iamsuperbianca: Everything that happens in politics, with the weather, in society, affects us all – us personally, our families, our friends. The teens/20/ and 30-somethings are a huge part of shaping ideas, opinion, and even decisions of decision-makers, which is why its important to be heard and to be involved. Cheesy, but the youth is not just the future, we’re also the “now”

@ADBYouth: As we all know, this is not the first calamity that the Philippines has experienced. In your observation, how has the participation of the youth in disaster response evolved over the years?

@iamsuperbianca: Hard to say how much youth participation (in terms of %) has grown, but surely, now, we are more vocal and aware, again, mainly because of social media. With a few clicks you can find out who needs help, what is needed, and where to help. Never before has information been so easy to access, so instant, and for a huge number of people: the power of social media.

@ADBYouth: Can you share with us Typhoon Haiyan-related youth projects that you think are worth supporting?

@iamsuperbianca: There are many worthwhile causes spearheaded by the youth like UNICEF, GK, Habitat, and even schools and churches! Best part is every group addresses a specific need like providing home/food/water/safety/etc. What you feel for most, help there.

@ADBYouth: What’s your most memorable anecdote throughout your participation in post-Typhoon Haiyan efforts?

@iamsuperbianca: There have been so many amazing stories! School kids and even prisoners giving up their baon to donate to Haiyan, efforts, OFWs and foreign international schools gathering funds to donate, Sendong survivors cheering on Haiyan survivors. Best of all, the strength of the survivors. We visited Malapascua and they welcomed us with warm smiles..and dance numbers!

@ADBYouth: Last but not the least, if you could call on the youth to do something, what would it be?

@iamsuperbianca: Not to sound preachy but I’d call on them to do exactly that.. something! The great thing about the diversity of the youth, paired with the power of social media, and connectedness to the world, is that we can make anything happen! There really are no more limits. There is no ONE advocacy. Any passion of yours, you can turn into an advocacy. Whatever you like doing, share it with others, use it to do good for others, and see your world change right in front of you. 🙂

We’re having another Twitter Dialogues this coming March. Stay tuned for more details!

The 1st Philippine Good Governance Summit

Kim Robert De LeonBy Kim Robert de Leon, co-convenor of the First Philippine Good Governance Summit and a recipient of the 2014 Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Mag-Aaral.

Consummatum Est! It is finished! It is done!

The First Philippine Good Governance Summit (PGGS) has formally closed last Monday (February 03) and I can say that every moment and experience that we’ve had during the four-day PGGS will forever be treasured. The pail of sweat that we have invested in the PGGS has definitely paid off with so much fun, excitement, learning and the camaraderie fostered among the delegates.

We started the preparation for the PGGS as early as August last year when we had the initial organizational groundwork. Thereafter, we started to think of a better concept on how to improve NCPAG’s annual student-led national gathering to become more relevant and accommodating to more youth. Anchored on the theme Advancing Good Governance Through Youth Capacity Building, we have to decided expand the target audience of the gathering to welcome students from various courses recognizing the fact the good governance is not just the concern and responsibility of Public Administration students.

At first we were anxious whether or not this new brand will click to achieve our objective of convening students from various disciplines to come-up with project proposals that will address issues that involve the youth in five key sectors, which summarized in the acronym HELEHR – Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment and Human Rights. But we were all overwhelmed by the presence of more than 160 delegates who heeded our call for more active participation and involvement of young people in the promotion of good governance.

Then the first day came. We met for the first time the delegates from various colleges and universities across the archipelago and we were inspired of their enthusiasm to participate in the sessions and workshops that we have prepared for them, despite their tiring journey from their hometowns–as far as Tuguegarao from the North and Cagayan de Oro from the South. The side competitions were successful unexpectedly since more than majority of the delegates showed interest in showcasing their talents in essay writing, poster making and extemporaneous speaking regarding our recovery efforts after Typhoon Yolanda.

PGSS Photo 01

Photo from Philippine Good Governance Summit’s Facebook page


The second day was very informative because we had four series of plenary session from credible speakers with the objective of equipping the delegates with the theoretical and factual foundations that they can use in developing their project proposals. Ms. Farzana Ahmed of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ms. Happy Feraren of Bantay.PH, and Mr. Patrick Lim of the Department of Budget and Management gave their respective views regarding the Philippine good governance. Mr. Jyleazar dela Rosa of the Filipino Liberal Youth acquainted the delegates of the current national youth situation and how the youth can contribute to the resolution of the problems of their own sector. Apprentice Asia Winner Jonathan Yabut shared his journey to success to inspire the delegates in their development of programs and projects, while Mr. Luigi de Vera of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Foundation (TAYO Foundation) showcased the best practices of the youth in various impact programs and projects that he have handled. One unforgettable part of the plenary sessions is the ‘groupie’ shot where the delegates had the chance to have a group picture with the speaker in a quick and orderly manner.

PGGS Day 2


ADB NGO and Civil Society Center’s Haidy Ear-Dupuy and Chris Morris join the fun


The workshops took place on the third day where two sessions were held. During the morning session, facilitators from ADB headed by Mr. Chris Morris assisted the delegates in the formulation of the Philippine Youth Roadmap on Good Governance revolving around the fundamental pillars–transparency, accountability and participation–as well as other cross-cutting issues. The delegates exemplified outstanding participation during the breakout discussions and shared all their experiences that made their inputs very reflective of the youth’s sentiments in a serious concern that is good governance.

In the afternoon session, the sectoral project development sessions took place with the assistance of experts from the UP College of Public Health, Department of Education, UP Institute of Small Scale Industries, Aksyon Klima and MTV Exit. A combination of unique and youthful proposals came out from the sessions. After a whole day of serious business, the delegates had fun during the mini-game Egg Drop where the ultimate goal is protecting the egg from breaking after a drop from NCPAG’s third floor. They also presented lively and funny presentations during the talents’ night.

ADB Day 4


The fourth and last day was held in the ADB Headquarters in Mandaluyong City where no less than the Country Director welcomed the Summit delegates. The chosen representatives of each group had the opportunity to present their respective outputs where partner non-government organizations can critique, comment and suggest.

ADB Day 4 02


The last day was highlighted by the inspirational message from Cong. Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo who gave her piece on good governance and transparency, parallel to the principles espoused by her late husband, former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. I can never forget the quote the she and her late husband keep on saying – kailangan ng bayan ng mga pinunong hindi lang mahusay o kaya ay matino; ang kailangan natin ay mga pinunong mahusay at matino (The country needs leaders who not just a choice between effective or decent; we need leaders who are both effective and decent) – highlighting the importance of both skills and values in the promotion of good governance and quality administration.

Everything seemed to have happened really fast and the seven months of preparations has now developed into a grand four-day national event. As I have said earlier, every moment and experience that we’ve had during the four-day PGGS will forever be treasured and we will always feel #SepAnx (separation anxiety) from clingy and bonded delegates from all over the Philippines. Although the PGGS is finished, we always say that we are just beginning in keeping the fire of service and dedication burning in the hearts of our delegates for post-PGGS activities and outputs are more significant than what we have done in UP-NCPAG.

PGGS Groupie


Papatunayan natin na ang kabataang Pilipino ay hindi maiiwan sa pangitaing may magagawa tayo. Hindi rin tayo titigil sa estadong may ginagawa tayo. Dahil kikilos tayo upang dumating tayo sa pagkakataong masasabi natin na para sa bansang ito, may nagawa na tayo. (We, the Filipino youth, will prove that we can achieve a lot. We will not stop at a point where we are doing something. We will move until we are able to say that we have done a lot for our country.)

On behalf of the Steering and Organizing Committee of the First Philippine Good Governance Summit, we thank all of you for being part of our lives, for being part of NCPAG’s history, and for being part of the country’s dynamic hopes. We hope to see you next year so we can hear what you have done to your respective communities after PGGS2014!

Photo credit: Philippine Good Governance Summit Team and ADB NGO and Civil Society Center

Join the 1st #YouthMatter Twitter Dialogues


Join the 1st #YouthMatter Twitter Dialogues

Because Fridays are fun days (ok, so are all other days, really), we’re overjoyed to invite you to our 1st ever ‪#‎YouthMatter‬ Twitter Dialogues!

Let’s take over Twitterverse next Wednesday, 05 February at 10:00 to 11:00am Manila time, with a discussion on The Role of Youth and Civil Society in Post Typhoon Haiyan Efforts.

We’ll be chatting with youth leader, Filipina TV host, and writer Bianca Gonzalez, who has tirelessly devoted much of herself to helping out her country in more ways than we can count.

To join, just follow @ADBYouth and @iamsuperbianca on Twitter. Alternatively, you can also subscribe to the hashtag #YouthMatter. Now all we need to do is manage our excitement for a few more days.

Chat with you all next week?