JR Palanca Golifardo, one of the recipient of City Youth Development award, encourages his fellow youth to exercise their rights to vote on the upcoming midterm election. (Photo courtesy of JR Palanca Golifardo)

A youth leader appealed to young people on Monday to be agents of change on May 13 when they go out and vote.

JR Palanca Golifardo, an awardee for youth development during the 2019 Mayor’s Awards, said that the youth with its large population ” can help mold the nation.”

“Ngayong darating na halalan, hulmahin natin mga kabataan ang ating bayan. Sabi nga ni Rizal na kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan pero minsan nagda-doubt na rin tayo, paano magiging pag-asa kung di makikialam sa pagbabago. Kung ang kabataan ay lalabas, di lang magiging pag-asa kung hindi siya rin ang magiging pagbabago,” he said Saturday.

Golifardo said the youth “should not vote for candidates who are thieves, involved in illegal drugs cases, or from a political dynasty.”

Young people should not consider May 13 as “a vacation” since it is a non-working day, but they should go out and vote, he pointed out.

He added that “change should not only be an individual responsibility but by everyone.”

Golifardo, a regional project officer at Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), said the public should take advantage of the Internet “to raise the level of responsible voting and political education.

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