ARGIE ERGINA: Young Voices leader as advocate of inclusion

Argie Ergina, a Young Voices-Manila member, has recently been named as president of the Trinitian Inclusive Society at Trinity University of Asia. This was formerly known as Disabled Enablement and Empowerment Program (DEEP), which has started welcoming both PWD and non-PWD Trinitians as members. Argie is also the Vice Chairman of Trinity University of Asia (TUA) – National Youth Commission (NYC). He was chosen by the TUA office of Student Affairs to attend its “Annual Leadership Camp” this coming July 29-31, 2011 at Mt. Makiling National Park, UP Los Baños, Laguna.

Argie had the chance to present the “Young Voices and the UNCRPD” to promote inclusion in their school. Through the Young Voices presentation, Argie made way to create social awareness on disability to his colleagues. As YV advocate, the approval of the changed of the organization DEEP was approved by the college dean. They have seen in Argie’s character the capacity to lead his fellow youth and the ability to put positive change in the society.

Ergina is taking up AB Mass Communication (major in Broadcasting) in the said school. He was also the valedictorian and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Awardee during his high school graduation at National Orthopedic Hospital School for Crippled Children, in Banawe Quezon City. He was a consistent honor student since elementary.

The 19-year old sophomore student is also a former Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Councilor, at Brgy. Lourdes, in, Quezon City, from November 28, 2007 – October, 2010.

Argie was also the Young Voices of the Philippines representative during the “Young Voices: Youth with Disabilities – Bringing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Life” conference held at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, USA on September 1-3, 2010.

Argie had also demonstrated his leadership abilities as president of the Bahay Biyaya Student Council for school year 2010-2011.

He is also an active member of the Rondalla on Wheels, a performing group composed of children and young adults with disability who play music together in different social events.