Incumbent Kabataan Partylist (KPL) Rep. Sarah Elago, CMC alumna Erika Cruz, Vennel Chenfoo, Ellice Balgos, and Florenz Kang were presented as the party-list’s official nominees for the 2019 national elections during its official convention today at the UP Diliman Institute of Biology (IB) Auditorium.
“Patunayan nating ang mga kabataan ay tunay na pag-asa ng bayan,” Elago said after being announced as the first nominee, pledging solidarity with the youth sector.
KPL is the only youth party-list in the House of Representatives.
Among KPL’s achievements presented by Elago are the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (RA 10931) and removal of the return-service provision in the law’s implementing rules and regulations during the plenary budget deliberation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Elago said that 109 legislators participated in the free education campaign by signing their resolution to restore budget cuts in SUCs.
Additionally, 85 SUC presidents signed KPL’s manifesto to implement free, quality, and accessible education.
The congresswoman also credited the role of the youth in fighting for free education, with students from SUCs such as Cagayan State University and Isabela State University conducting on-ground campaigns to spread awareness.
“Ang dami nating balak para palakasin ang laban natin para sa libreng edukasyon. Nasa ating mga kamay kung paano talaga ang nakukuha nating tagumpay ay lubusan nating makamit at ma-secure para sa mga susunod na iskolar ng bayan,” Elago said.
Elago concluded her presentation with KPL’s involvement in the struggles of other sectors through the filing of over 140 bills and 200 resolutions, conducting 23 privilege speeches, voting against policies such as Death Penalty and TRAIN, organizing forums, and participating in mobilizations.
Among attendees of the party’s 2018 National Convention were Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials, student councils, publications, and mass organizations from different regions.
Former Bayan Muna Rep. Atty. Neri Colmenares, also present at the event, expressed support for KPL’s nominees and said that youth representatives in Congress are instrumental in the discourse of national issues.
“You’re the most capable in going around and explaining to people. You can go to the communities, discuss issues with them, and learn from them at the same time,” he said.
Meanwhile, newly-announced KPL Executive Vice President Renee Co said the youth will continue to mobilize even outside Congress and youth formations.
“Ang ating paglalaban ay hindi natitigil sa loob ng ating klasrum, hindi siya nakukulong sa mga konseho natin, sa mga publikasyon, o kahit sa parlamentaryo. Nandito rin sa lansangan. Nandito sa mga kumbensyon. At nandito tayong lahat para ipakita ang kapangyarihan ng kabataan,” she said.