By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo departed on Saturday for South Korea to address an international exchange youth program.
Robredo left the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for Seoul, South Korea aboard Korean Air Flight KE 622.
The Office of the Vice President said Robredo will deliver the keynote address for the launch of the second Asia Pacific Youth Exchange on Monday, August 13.
Robredo was invited as a keynote speaker for the event by Hanyang University, which co-hosts the program alongside the Asian Development Bank and the Urban Youth Academy (UYA).
“The exchange program aims to provide youth delegates the opportunity to hone their leadership skills through a simulation of policy formation and project execution that focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals,” the OVP said.
In Seoul, Robredo will also witness the launch of a grant from UYA and APYE Manila, that will “fund future projects of alumni organizations” of OVP’s Angat Buhay Youth program, her office added.
Joining Robredo in the trip are representatives from Youth for Peace Movement – Davao Oriental, which was named the top winner at last month’s Angat Buhay Youth Mindanao Summit.
The group won for its proposal, “Bal’lay Duwaan: A Happy Hub for the Sons and Daughters of the New Peace Advocates (NPeaceA’s),” that maps out the establishment of a transition shelter for children of rebel reformists in Davao Oriental.
The project hopes to assist these children in their reintegration to mainstream society by providing “fun learning and psychosocial activities,” through a communal vegetable garden, a learning center, and a recreational area, according to the OVP.
The facility will cater to 20 “maximum disturbed children,” aged 5 to 12, every quarter.