MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday called on the youth to “think twice and be more discerning” before joining events organized by an alliance of student councils in line with the observance of the National Students’ Day this month.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año identified among these events the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp set to be held on Nov. 16 to 17 and a series of activities from Nov. 11 to 21 in several campuses of the University of the Philippines.
He added that among the organizers of the youth camp are the UP Office of the Student Regent, NUSP, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and Kabataan Partylist.
According to Año, such events are not endorsed by the National Youth Commission (NYC), an attached agency of the DILG.
Under Republic Act 11369 or the National Students’ Day Act, it is the NYC that is tasked to lead the annual program of activities for the National Students Day with the support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
November 17 of every year has been declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as National Students’ Day.
“We just want to make it clear that the 1st National Students’ Youth Camp, as well as, the other activities organized by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and other allied groups are not government-endorsed. These are separate activities that are not sanctioned by the government and the NYC,” he said.
Año said he issued the statement following queries from parents about the NUSP-led activities being circulated on social media which encourage the attendance of students.
The DILG chief added that he also received reports that youth camps and other activities are being used by left-leaning organizations to “agitate, deceive, and recruit the youth into joining the communist movement.”
“While the intent of RA 11369 is to inculcate love of country and social responsibility among the youth, leftist groups are taking advantage and riding on the observance of the National Students’ Day to do the opposite and that is to fuel distrust in the government and duly constituted authorities and advance their communist agenda,” he said.
While the government recognizes the right of the camp organizers to conduct such activities, Año urged them to be wary of becoming instruments of communist front organizations for recruitment.
“Huwag kayong magpagamit. Use your talents and skills for worthwhile activities that will help in nation-building and not in those that will veer you away from the right path,” he says.
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