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Aquino urges youth to instill spirit of volunteerism for nation buildin

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President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the Filipino youth to instill in them the spirit of volunteerism in serving others as he noted the very important role they play in nation building.

In addressing the participants during the Youth Day dubbed as “Pilipinas Got Bukas” at the Rizal High School in Pasig City on Wednesday, the Chief Executive urged the youth to practice the attitude of “concern for others,” which, he said, is a key to the nation’s progress.

The President stressed that the same spirit of “concern for others” was the evident formula used by Filipinos in ending the regime of dictatorship in 1986.

“Ang Edsa Revolution ay pagsasama-sama ng sambayanan… magkakatabi kahit di man magkakakilala pero pinanindigan na ngayon na ang panahon para tumayo, lumaban para sa kalayaan, may malasakit sa kapwa,” the President said.

“Yung malasakit sa kapwa ang magdadala sa atin sa pag-angat. Yung pag-unawa, pag-intindi, pakikisama, pag-aaruga sa ating kapwa… yan ang susi para mapabilis ang ating inaasam-asam na Bagong Pilipinas,” he noted.

President Aquino vowed to uplift the standard of living of the people, especially those underprivileged, to ensure that their children would stay in school and pursue education for a better future.

He said that a total of 13,000 additional classrooms will be built within the year 2011 apart from the health, shelter and financial support from the government in efforts to ensure a more equipped society in the near future.

“Plipinas Got Bukas” was organized by the Edsa People Power Commission (EPPC) in cooperation with the YES Pinoy Foundation headed by actor Dingdong Dantes for the 25th anniversary of Edsa People Power. It was participated in by Yes Pinoy members, “EDSA babies”, students, youth leaders and organizations with the aim to engage the youth towards volunteerism for change.

One of the event highlights was the gathering of thousands of young people on the oval of the world’s largest secondary school (Rizal High School) to form a human banner symbolizing their readiness to take on the future.

Also part of the celebration is the EDSA Babies Exposition featuring exhibits from various youth-oriented groups from the government and private sector. Top celebrities including Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and Jaya will perform for free at the SM North Skydome.

Later in the day, hundreds of top graduating high school and college students will gather for a night of fellowship that will feature musical performances and inspirational talks by young leaders also at the SM North Skydome. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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