March 7, 2012
Youth Should Dream Big, Make
Philippines a Better Place
“With my condition, I didn’t even dream of going to
Catubig. But no one is small, weak or insignificant to make the
Philippines a better place to live in,” said Former Isabela
Governor Grace Padaca in her visit to universities in Northern
and Western Samar on March 6-7, 2012.
Padaca has been giving talks in universities around the country
as part of Kaya Natin! Movement
for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership (KN Movement) Good
Governance Caravan. Padaca is one of the “Champions”
of KN Movement, an organization that seeks genuine change by pushing
for transparent and accountable government and an empowered citizenry.
KN Champions visit schools to discuss effective leadership and
encourage youth participation in socio-political activities.
Padaca has been stricken with polio as a child, but her physical
limitation did not stop her from instigating the change that her
province sought. She ran as governor in 2004 and toppled the dynasty
that ruled Isabela for 40 years. In her dialogue with students,
she shared that there will always be situations that will question
one’s values. “The best thing to do is go back to
the basics and be honest and truthful,” Padaca emphasized.
She told her young audience that they can already contribute to
good governance even at their age – involvement in school
organizations is a way to build leadership and teamwork, and they
can be active citizens by reporting irregularities that they see
in their communities.
The Good Governance Caravan was in five universities in Visayas
and will be brought to more schools nationwide. It is supported
by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German
political foundation that promotes participatory democracy, human
rights and free trade.