Bong Go encourages youth to help in nation-building

April 23, 2024 People's Journal 116 views

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go attended the University of Mindanao Political Science Department’s “Samahang Mag-aaral ng Pulitika Timon Festival 2024″ as a guest of honor in Davao City on Saturday, April 20.

The celebration underscored the importance of political discourse and the attainment of academic excellence among university students. It gathered students and faculty to engage in discussions that foster a deeper understanding of political dynamics and the role of youth in shaping the future political landscape of the Philippines.

“Ngayong taon, ang tema natin ay ‘Wika at Kultura: Ang Lakbayan ng Talino sa Agham Pampulitika.’ Mahalaga ang temang ito dahil sa panahon ngayon, mas kailangan nating pagyamanin ang ating kaalaman at kasanayan sa mga usaping pampulitika at pang-ekonomiya ng bansa,” said Go in his speech.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to inspire the youth, Senator Go highlighted his commitment to serving the nation with dedication and advancing projects catering to every Filipino’s welfare.

Furthermore, Senator Go encouraged the students to persevere in their studies towards building a brighter future for their families and communities. As potential future leaders, he emphasized the importance of compassionate service by prioritizing the needs of the poor and vulnerable sectors of society.

“Malay n’yo, pagdating ng panahon, kayo rin ay maging konsehal, kayo ay magiging congressman, kayo ay magiging mayor, kayo ay magiging senador… tandaan ninyo itong aking sasabihin sa inyo. Mahalin n’yo po ang ating kapwa Pilipino, hinding-hindi kayo nagkakamali. Dapat itong public service pagmamahal, mula sa puso, pagmamalasakit sa kapwa Pilipino,” he underscored.

The festival provided a platform for students to engage with established political figures and aimed to inspire them to become proactive participants in political affairs and governance. The University of Mindanao hopes to cultivate a generation of informed, engaged, and responsible leaders by bringing together passionate young minds and seasoned policymakers.

Recognizing students’ psychological challenges while juggling their academic responsibilities, Senator Go has championed improving mental health services in educational institutions. He is among the authors of Senate Bill No. 2598, or the proposed State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Mental Health Services Act.

This proposed legislation seeks to create Mental Health Offices on every SUC campus nationwide if enacted into law. These offices aim to provide extensive mental health support and interventions for students, faculty, and staff.

Previously, Senator Bong Go advocated for institutionalizing the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and enhanced educational access for underprivileged students by co-authoring the Republic Act (RA) 11510.

He also noted that during the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte, RA 10931, known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, was passed. This legislation has significantly helped impoverished students by providing free education at local colleges, universities, and state-operated technical vocational institutions.

Building on the achievements of RA 10931, Senator Go has co-authored and co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 1360, which aims to broaden the coverage of the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES).