University of Batangas representatives participate in the 10th PAPSAS Interactive Youth Forum

The 10 th PAPSAS Interactive Youth Forum with the theme “The Filipino Youth:
Artisans of the Future” was held last September 20-22, 2018 at Dauis, Bohol. It was a
three-day National Seminar Workshop for Student Leaders and Student Affairs
Practitioners of different Universities and Colleges all over the country. All in all, there
were 44 participating Colleges and Universities from different regions of the Philippines.
University of Batangas’ representatives for this forum were Mrs. Anna Louisa L.
Cauntay, UBBC Student Affairs and External Programs (SAEP) Director and
Community Relation and Placement Office (CAPO) Officer, Dr. Meynard Montalbo,
UBLC SAEP Director, Mr. Vincent M. Alcantara, CAPO Assistant Officer and UB
Student Government Consultant, Ms. Caryl Balbuena, UBSG Executive President, and
Mr. Joseph Javier, UBSG Executive Secretary and Ms. Christine Bangcuyo, UBSG
Executive Treasurer.

The seminar was filled with so many sessions spearheaded by notable speakers
from different known companies and municipalities. Mr. Ban Joseph Ang, Senior Area
Country Manager of Johnson and Johnson gave his talk on “The Filipino Youth
Leaders: Artisans of the Future”, focusing on the habits and attitudes that the youth
should possess. Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, Managing Partner of Estrada and Aquino
Law Office also shared his thoughts on “Responsible Leadership in a Global Digital
World”, wherein Data Privacy Act of 2002 became the core topic of his discussion. Last
speaker during the seminar was Hon. Lord Arnel Ruanto, Municipal Councilor of
Infanta, Quezon who gave his talk for the session, “Equipping the Filipino Youth
Leaders: Head, Heart and Hands”, focusing on the leadership of the Filipino Youth
and explaining the different kinds of leadership. When the sessions ended, Student
Leaders and Student Affairs Practitioners were divided for the workshop and Interactive
Forum.

The three-day forum was indeed a success. It provided an opportunity for the
participants to individually and collectively manifest the 21 st century skills necessary in
redesigning the future of the Filipino nation. Also, it exposed student leaders, as well as
student affairs practitioners, to an interactive experience that will hopefully motivate
them to explore positive alternatives for youth as they reflect on this role in the society.