Young Voices, the advocacy program for young people of Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation (LCDPF), aims to empower youth with disabilities to become future leaders in the disability movement.
Meet Brian Semeniego, 22 year old president of Young Voices-Iloilo chapter. He is a BS Civil Engineering graduate of Western Institute of Technology in La Paz, Iloilo City, and was hailed as an Outstanding Graduate by the Municipality of Pototan, where he comes from. He was also a consistent honor student since his elementary and high school days.
As a PWD leader, he has represented his fellow Young Voices in the Philippines during the Regional Meet & Media Training Workshop, conducted by Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD), in Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2010. He also participated in the National Human Rights Forum conducted by the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) held in April 2010. He also used to host a local radio program called K-Forum that made Young Voices well known throughout Iloilo City.
Brian met the Young Voices when he attended the First Visayas YV Conference, in March 2009. Since then, he became an active member of the group until his turn to become a leader came. Through the Young Voices, Brian became the youngest Member of the Board of Directors of a bigger PWD group called Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-PINOY) which is actually a federation of PWD organizations representing the different disability groups in the country.
Just this year, Brian received his certification as a civil engineer after passing the Board Examination in May 2011. Through his profession, Brian aims to promote better accessibility for people with disabilities.