'If youth is the hope, we will invest in their future' -- Mayor Isko

Presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso will prioritize investments to ensure the bright future of the youth if he is elected as president in the May 2022 elections.

(Photo by Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Kung ang kabataan ang pag-asa at kinabukasan ng bayan, mamuhunan tayo sa kabataan (If the youth is the hope and future of our country, we will invested on them),” Domagoso said during a dialogue with the youth in Cabuyao, Laguna on Friday, Nov. 22.

“Sisiguruhin ko na ang tatay mo may trabaho at sisiguruhin ko na ikaw papasok sa eskwela, yung eskwelahan mo matino (I will make sure that your father has a job and you will go to school that is pleasant). Access to facilities and educational institutions will also be provided,” he added.

Domagoso said that he will pursue this by continuing the Build, Build, Build projects initiated by the current administration.

He also plans to build more public schools, public hospitals, public housing, businesses, and job opportunities.

If elected as president, Domagoso's administration will also invest in information technology infrastructure, "particularly on improving internet connectivity" for the youth's educational needs.

It will also prioritize the teaching of subjects that would make the youth more competitive from other countries.

“We will continue to invest on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) so that we will be competitive with Singapore and other countries. We will go to that direction,” he said.

The local chief executive also encouraged the youth to also "invest in themselves by pursuing their education with dedication."

He added that poverty should not be a hindrance to pursuing their education.

Domagoso promised to invest in human resources development for the transformation from business process outsourcing (BPO) centers to KPO (knowledge process outsourcing) which would give more job opportunities to new graduates.

“Pag graduate niyo (When you graduate), we will engage new developments from BPO to KPO. For new graduates, we need to adopt the new skills,” he said.