“The good news is that if we work together we can bring about change. Change would not wait for tomorrow. Change can start now...” This is the underlying message in the opening remarks given by the National Youth Commission Undersecretary Christopher S. Arnuco during the launch of the Voice of the Youth – National Oratorical Competition on November 24, 2010 at the STI Academic Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Undersecretary Arnuco further emphasizes that this year’s theme “Change I Want to See Begins with Me: Becoming the New Filipino” should challenge the youth to begin change within themselves, to work together, and to inspire change for the better. The Voice of the Youth – National Oratorical Competition is divided into three levels: the Divisional, Cluster, and National. More than 1.5 Million worth of prizes will be given away. The National Champion for this competition will win Php 100,000 in cash, Php 30,000 for the coach, and Php 800,000 worth of computer laboratory for the winning school.
STI President and CEO Monico V. Jacob shares, “This oratorical contest is part of STI’s advocacy. We would like to be able to assist in nation-building by helping promote critical thinking and fluency in the use of the English language amongst the youth. We would also like to be able to get our youth involved in expressing their voices. With those in mind, we would be able to bring to our nation what is their real sentiment, what kind of change they are looking for and the change that should begin with each of them...”