Young Filipinos who are based overseas may now virtually take part in youth engagements in the Philippines through the BaLinkBayan Project of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.
Through the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Youth Commission (NYC) and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the NYC website is linked with CFO’s BaLinkBayan portal and vice versa.
Aside from CFO’s acknowledgment of the NYC as its partner government agency for the BaLinkbayan project, the MOA also ensures the collaboration of the two institutions in providing opportunities and activities where both Philippine-based youth and those outside the Philippines can participate.
According to Secretary Imelda Nicolas, “This unprecedented project will expand and widen youth participation in the country’s socio-economic development and educational-cultural activities. It also opens avenues and opportunities for world-wide networking and alliance building.”
“Many young people are technologically connected and we want them to be aware of the diaspora on how to shape our policies especially concerning OFWs”, Chairperson Gio Tingson remarked.
The MOA was signed today (September 17) by NYC Chairperson Tingson and Secretary Imelda Nicolas of the CFO in fitting ceremonies in the presence of a number of second generation Overseas Filipinos who are engaged in various ways in the country’s development.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Earl Saavedra, Head of the NYC Committee in International Affairs, said, in closing, that the MOA serves as a catalyst for the synergistic interaction among the Filipino youth across borders. This bodes well for the benefit of the people and the Motherland.