Palawan State Univer­sity stu­dent lead­ers join ASEAN Fo­rum in Malaysia; re­ceive awards

Palawan Daily News - - Youth & Campus - By Kenji Lamo

Palawan State Univer­sity stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives par­tic­i­pated and re­ceived awards dur­ing the re­cently con­cluded ASEAN Stu­dent Fo­rum held at Perak, Malaysia.

Var­i­ous del­e­gates from the ten ASEAN coun­tries along with South Korea, Ja­pan, and China in­clud­ing the Philip­pines ac­tively took part the four-day international event with the theme, “Global Cit­i­zen­ship.”

Six par­tic­i­pants from the Palawan State Univer­sity in­clude the Univer­sity Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Pres­i­dent Eli­jah Daniel Geanga, USG Vice Pres­i­dent Ray­mond Balde­lo­var, USG Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Wal­ter O’Neil de Leon, USG Sen­a­tor Ryle Cr­isha Pe, Col­lege of Arts and Hu­man­i­ties - CSG Gov­er­nor Zhandee Sophia Valle­dor, and Col­lege of Sciences - CSG Gov­er­nor Ar­ri­ane Kaye Jag­mis at­tended the fo­rum.

The event is to tackle on the task of cre­at­ing a plat­form of dis­cus­sion con­cern­ing the ASEAN In­te­gra­tion Ini­tia­tive and the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Co­op­er­a­tion that will boost ties be­tween the stu­dents and the na­tions re­gard­ing the ob­jec­tives of em­pow­er­ing ASEAN stu­dents and youth to pro­vide res­o­lu­tions on the is­sues of ASEAN com­mu­nity.

The fo­rum took on five top­ics on Global Cit­i­zen­ship, the ASEAN Youth and Ur­ban Poverty, Youth Green and Tech­nol­ogy, Youth and Pub­lic Ac­count­abil­ity, Youth and Sus­tain­able Mi­cro, Small, Medium, En­ter­prises, and Youth and En­ergy Se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Geanga, their par­tic­i­pa­tion could help boost in show­cas­ing the lead­er­ship and in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Palawan State Univer­sity stu­dent lead­ers.

“I strongly be­lieve that it was a great plat­form for us to show­case our stu­dents with great lead­er­ship and in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the rest of the ASEAN com­mu­nity and as the world is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly glob­al­ized, it was a great plat­form for the ASEAN and East Asian stu­dents to share our ex­pe­ri­ences, knowl­edge, and ideas in ad­dress­ing cur­rent is­sues faced by the ASEAN and East Asian com­mu­nity,” Mr. Geanga said.

The del­e­gates worked hand in hand and col­lab­o­rated to come up with ideas to re­solve mat­ters con­cern­ing the ASEAN coun­tries and help even those be­yond like the South Korea, Ja­pan, and China. The del­e­gates strongly com­mit­ted them­selves to change and en­cour­age the youth to be in­volved in not just in so­cial causes but also prac­ti­cal engagements that will raise their po­lit­i­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, and eco­nom­i­cal aware­ness.

The par­tic­i­pants be­lieved these are nec­es­sary in build­ing and es­tab­lish­ing a steady and full-bod­ied so­ci­ety.

On the last day of the fo­rum, two of the five Out­stand­ing Del­e­gate Awards were given to the PSU stu­dent lead­ers Eli­jah Daniel Geanga and Ray­mond Balde­lo­var from the Youth and En­ergy Se­cu­rity sec­tor.

Mr. Geanga said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award, “I am re­ally pleased, hum­bled, and hon­ored to re­ceive the award and to join the other del­e­gates from the ASEAN Plus Three coun­tries that I have ad­mired and re­spected in sharing their ex­pe­ri­ences, knowl­edge, and ideas in ad­dress­ing cur­rent is­sues faced by the ASEAN and East Asian com­mu­nity. Very spe­cial thanks to the Malaysian Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Univer­sity Te­knologi Petronas for giv­ing me such a dis­tin­guished award. Most im­por­tantly, I am re­ally proud that I have shown to the whole ASEAN Plus South Korea, Ja­pan, and China that the stu­dent lead­ers from our coun­try are fully equipped with lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.”

The six par­tic­i­pants from Palawan State Univer­sity in­cluded : Eli­jah Daniel B. Geanga (CTE) – USG Pres­i­dent, Ray­mond P. Balde­lo­var (CEAT)– USG Vice Pres­i­dent, Wa­ter O’ Neill D. de Leon (CAH) – USG Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Ryle Cr­isha S. Pe (CBA) – USG Sen­a­tor, Zhandee Sofia M. Valle­dor (CAH) – CAH-CSG Gov­er­nor, and Ar­ri­ane Kaye L. Jag­mis (CS) – CS-CSG Gov­er­nor.

Eli­jah Daniel B. Geanga, USG Pres­i­dent and Ray­mond P. Balde­lo­var, USG Vice Pres­i­dent awarded as the OUT­STAND­ING DEL­E­GATE out of 120 del­e­gates com­ing from ASEAN+3 coun­tries dur­ing the ASEAN Stu­dent fo­rum 2018 held on Septem­ber 24 - 27, 2018 at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Petronas in Perak, Malaysia. Pho­tos from PSU USG Face­book Page.

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