President Benigno S. Aquino III has acknowledged the
importance of the role of the youth in social reform, citing
their idealism as the main factor for change.
During the Youth Summit 2014 held in Quezon City on
Friday, the President answered queries from youths who
attended the event.
A participant asked the president about the importance of
young Cabinet members, such as Technical Education and
Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Joel
Villanueva, in carrying out changes in government.
Recognizing the importance of older members of the
Cabinet as well, the President said: "Youth in general, I
think, is the primary motive force for change in society."
"When you are older, when you have certain sets of
responsibilities, then you tend to compromise some of the
principles or the beliefs that you had when you were
younger," he said.
"The youth, therefore, is the main means to rekindle
these principles, this idealism that might have become a
little shall we say --- I wouldn’t want to use the word
tarnish, but perhaps forgotten by the older set," he added.
The President noted that when there is unity between
today’s youth and the older generation of idealists, their
cohesion becomes an unstoppable force in changing the
society for the good of the country. (full