Young Asian Liberals Call for Stronger
Role in Party Affairs
|Representatives Abad and Abaya
discuss with the Young Liberals.
Recognizing the need to redefine the role young people play in
political parties, the Young Liberals of the Philippines (KALIPI
organized a workshop entitled "Strengthening Youth Wings
of Liberal Political Parties in Asia
" last January 23-27,
2006 in Manila and Baguio City. This was held in cooperation with
the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and the Young
Liberals and Democrats of Asia
(YLDA), the regional network
of Asian liberal youth wings, organizations, and individuals.
of the Philippines (LP) leaders welcomed the delegates from
political party youth wings. Representatives Henendina Abad, Federico
Sandoval, Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III, and Joseph Abaya
explained how the LP promotes political participation of the youth
in the country and in the party. The delegates also paid a courtesy
call on LP Chairman Jose "Lito" Atienza, Jr., the mayor of Manila."Political
education takes place through the youth wing. Ideally, this is
where young liberals can have a constructive interchange of ideas
and concerns with their elders, which will lead to the greater
benefit of the Party," said FNF Resident Representative Dr. Ronald
Meinardus, who joined the workshop in Manila and Baguio.
In Baguio City, the young Asian liberals discussed the challenges
and opportunities they encountered in political participation.
"It seems that quality, independence and continuous constructive
criticism are the factors for the success of progressive (youth)
parties," observed Mr. Kiko Orduna (Philippines), stating
that this can be duplicated by the KALIPI.
Vital outputs include a resolution on youth political participation
and written reports prepared by the international delegates. The
liberal Foundation and YLDA intend to publish the results of the