Genuine Opposition senatorial candidate Loren Legarda lauded yesterday efforts of the youth sector in the Philippines to get representation in the next Congress after coming some 40, 000 votes short of landing a party-list seat in the House of Representative in 2004.

“While the administration of President Fidel v. Ramos started the holding of the National Youth Parliamentary every two years, nothing beats giving the youth representation in Congress,” Loren said.

She stressed that the essence of the party-list system is to allow various sector of the Philippines society the chance to propose laws addressing their concerns. Kabataan Party, led by Tinig.com columnist Mong Palatino, is the leading youth party in the May 2007 party-list elections.

One-third of the Philippine population is being comprised by the youth–those aged 15 to 30 years old. Loren said “it is high time not only for their voices to be heard, but for them to have a direct participation in our legislative processes.”

As a senator from 1998 to 2004, Loren pushed legislative measures that promote the interests of the youth, as well as those of children. Outside of Congress, Loren continuously works with the youth in organizations she heads like the Luntiang Pilipinas, the Libro ni Loren Foundation and the Bessie Legarda Memorial Foundation.

“I’d like to assure the Filipino youth that I will continue to be their voice in the Senate if elected anew in May. “she said.

Loren stressed that the out-of-school youth should be given access to education, whose quality should be improved to better prepare graduates to become productive citizens. GenuineOpposition.com

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