Why Should You Care?

by Daryl Elize Bañez
2nd April 2019

Students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (Earist), and CFA Staff listening to the talk on Federalism.

"Why should you care?" the question that we have posed to a hundred youth and professionals gathered recently for a forum on The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the move for Federalism on October 17, 2018, at CFA Lagerwey Hall, Sta. Mesa, Manila. This forum was in line with our theme to educate citizens with the current events happening in our country. We believe that in order to make people get involved and be aware, is to start by educating the youth, to inform them about what’s happening now, straight from the source. One of the speakers, Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno suggested that the youth can help save the country “by stopping charter change." While in favor of a federal system of government, Atty. Michael Henry Yusingco said that it is not the right time for a charter change, because of "The patent disunity in the administration on federalism."


One of the student attendee sharing his thoughts about the stereotypes towards the Moros.

The key speakers for BOL consisted of government representative Commissioner Maisara Damdaman-Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, MILF representative Mr. Marjanie Mimbantas, Deputy President for Youth, United Bangsamoro Justice Party. Ms. Samira Ali Gutoc - Tomawis, Former Member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, shared compelling stories of the impact on women and children of the Marawi siege, while Ms. Junaina Sharief, Regional Vice-Chairperson for Mindanao, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, spoke on the hopes and fears of the youth in the future Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. BOL is of current interest now, especially since the ratification of the plebiscite will soon be held on January 21, 2019. As an advocate of peace and unity, and as our social responsibility, here at CFA, we see the need to open venues for these relevant issues to be discussed. In 2019, we aim to provide the youth with more engaging forums that will help them to be more critical and inquisitive.