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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Cendaña: Globalization, Cooperation and the Youth 

MORE than any generation in the history of humankind, young people today live in a globalized and still globalizing world.

It is an understatement to say that globalization affects the youth. The integration of societies and economies on a global scale has a huge impact on the many aspects of the lives, culture and even aspirations of young people. Again, this is much a reality today more than any time before.

As early as 2005, the United Nations (UN) World Youth Report described the relationship of the youth with the globalizing world as ambiguous both economically and culturally. The report points out that the youth are most flexible and perhaps best able to adapt to and make use of new opportunities offered. They are the best educated generation on new information technologies and to benefit from economic growth. Many of them travel around the world for work, studies, exchange programs or vacation; telephone and the Internet enable them to stay in touch with friends and relatives from home and abroad.

The UN also recognized the adverse effects of globalization on young people. The report explains that many youth, on the other hand, especially in developing countries, have been left out of the digitalization and modernization process and lack the economic power to benefit from the opportunities that globalization offers. 

Among the many effects of globalization on the lives of young people, the UN identified four areas that are profoundly affected by this modern phenomenon. These are the distribution of employment opportunities, migration, youth culture and consumerism, and global citizenship and activism.

Globalization has indeed made the already complicated lives of young people more complicated.

Exchange and Cooperation

This week, the country plays host to heads of states, senior officials, business leaders and civil society from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This meeting in Manila puts in center of discussions the challenge of reframing economic development by making economies more inclusive. 

The National Youth Commission expresses its gratitude to all the young people who volunteered for the various APEC events. The agency dispatched more than 200 youth volunteers.

Before APEC Philippines 2015 week, the country hosted youth ambassadors from the region. The ship Nippon Maru arrived in Manila last week carrying the 350 delegates participating in the 42nd Ship for South East Asia and Japan Youth Program (SSEAYP). The Philippine country program featured cultural exchanges, institutional visits, and home-stay integration where Filipino families hosted foreign delegates for two days.

SSEAYP is not only about making young people drivers of integration and fostering a sense of community in the region. It is also about developing future leaders in various fields with this enriching experience. 

The young people of the Cordillera Administrative Region is represented in the 42nd SSEAYP by Ms. Frances Paleng and Mr. Muller Bato. 

The essence of the program was captured quite succinctly by Senator Bam Aquino when he quoted the author Mark Twain in his speech during the welcome ceremonies. "Travel is fatal to prejudice bigotry and narrow-mindedness . . . Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

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