Caritas Christi urget nos!
(by: Allaine Azada)
Five Paulinian students represented the legislative districts of Cagayan and Kalinga during the 2017 Philippine Model Congress on September 9-10, at the committee halls of the Philippine Senate. They were Linus Janvier Pagulayan, Allaine Azada, Ezra Joaquin, Geevee Ventula and Sarah Jane Macarubbo.
The congress is organized by a group of purpose-driven students from different universities who envision a progressive Philippines and aim to make a difference by maximizing the potential of Filipino youth through empowerment and civic engagement.
Modeled after conferences hosted by international universities, the event is a simulation of congressional debates where actual bills are presented in the five committees, and a chosen one for each committee in the plenary session. Among the passed bills were: Online Disinformation Act of 2017, Hijab Act of 2017, and SOGIE Curriculum Act of 2017. The bills passed will be presented to the actual Philippine Senate and House of Representatives for discussion in technical working groups, and if possible, proposed in Senate floor.
PMC is created to strengthen the role of the Filipino youth, to instill political awareness, and to build a community of Filipino youth who are positively invested in country's future. Moreover, the congress also earned the accreditation and sponsorship of Commission on Higher Education and Department of Education.