A bill declaring August 12 each year as National Youth Day has passed the Senate on final reading.
Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and sponsor of the bill, said the measure coincided with the declaration of International Youth Day by the United Nations in 1999.
Senate Bill 2503 was drafted by Senators Bong Revilla Jr. and Angara.
As the country celebrates International Youth Day, Angara said Filipino youth would welcome the adoption of a local version to commemorate the day.
He said that approving the measure into law would encourage young people not only to participate in government activities and public and civic affairs, but also to develop the sense of leadership and patriotism of Filipino youth.
Under the bill, the National Youth Commission (NYC), in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education Authority and of Skills Development (TESDA), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), National Union of Philippine Students (NUSP) and other youth and youth-serving organizations to prepare and implement an annual program of activities including , but not limited to, discussions and/or forums on career paths, sustainability, environmental conservation, gender equality, and mental health. health.
Schools, colleges and universities are invited to initiate activities such as leadership training, youth empowerment, workshops, grassroots mass integration and community activities on the National Day of youth, provided that the respective administration of schools, colleges and universities gives full support to all activities to be carried out by their students.
Meanwhile, the Senate also approved in third and final reading House Bill 9852 or the Act to institutionalize the conduct of youth summer camps in each barangay and to allocate funds.
Angara, who also sponsored the bill, said the measure seeks to institutionalize the conduct of a summer camp for youths in each barangay location which will be overseen by the respective youth councils or Sangguniang Kabataan.
Like the National Youth Day, Angara said HBN 9852 aims to build the character of young people through youth camps and instill in them a sense of social responsibility, patriotism, leadership and goodness. -being in mental health.
The summer camps also aim to engage young people in livelihood and entrepreneurial activities as well as promote active participation in sports and cultural awareness.