Youths with Disability Want a Prosperous Nation

Young Voices joined hands with different youth movements, clubs, and groups from Metro Manila in an event held in Quezon City last December 19, 2011. Headed by the Youth Scholarship and Development Program of the Local Government of Quezon City and entitled “Taga QC Ako! Hangad Ay Maunlad na Bayan”, the event aims to recognize and promote the contribution of young people in nation building.

The Quezon City Federation of Persons with Disability invited Young Voices to help promote social awareness on disability and be recognized as part of  the youth sector of Quezon City. The event was also joined by the Autism Society of the Philippines Diliman, Technical Institute of the Philippines (TIP), SYDP, Skolar ng Bayan, Global Peace Youth Corps (GPYC), Amnesty International (AI), Youth Change Movement (YCM) and Nagkakaisang Nayon ng Senior Citizen.

The YV members took the chance to disseminate information about LCDPFI programs and services thru posters and brochures distribution in 21 Quezon City Councilor’s offices. YV also discussed about the Regional Advocacy campaign formulated last East Asia Pacific Regional YV Meeting, along with their  the mission, goal, objectives and appeal of partnership to the Quezon City Councilors. This also served to promote knowledge about LCDPFI  in Quezon City.

Possible proposed partners of this event would be Amnesty International which is an Asia-Pacific organization that promotes the protection of the rights of human rights defenders and demand accountability; GPYC, a campus-based organization dedicated to raise young leaders of character who live for the greater good and build a cultural peace in the college community, society, nation and world; and YCM that provides computer literacy program and IT Livelihood program.

Aside from that, YV also mingled with different youth movements. Knowing each others’ organizations mission make the youth with disabilities gained more ideas in building partnerships and friendships and advocating the rights of PWDs. Youth with disabilities also touched the heart of Quezon City by becoming actively involved in  their activities. Eventually, these strategies will also lead to “inclusive development” for PWDs.