Source: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/85611-national-youth-movement-for-the-west-philippine-sea-to-launch-marianas-chapter – (Marianas Variety – 22/04/2016)
(Press Release) — The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea in partnership with the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) will be launching the Marianas chapter on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 p.m. at the El Shaddai Chapter office in Susupe, Saipan, says Dr. Celia Lamkin, founder and global chairperson of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea and chairperson of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance CNMI, Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa.
Inspired by the success of the international essay contest on the West Philippine Sea which was initiated and launched by Dr. Lamkin in November 2012, which was participated by more than 300 high school and college students in the Philippines and globally and the need to create more awareness about the West Philippine Sea issues, the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea was founded by Dr. Lamkin and was originally launched at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños in partnership with the U.P. Agribusiness Society on Sept. 28, 2015.
The launching and the first West Philippine Sea forum which was attended by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, former Philippine National Security Adviser and former Congressman Roilo Golez, military historian and defense consultant Jose Custodio, Professor Richard Heydarian, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alfred del Rosario’s representative, veteran journalist Chito Sta. Romana.
Almost a thousand students of the U.P.-Los Baños community and other universities and high schools were also in attendance.
The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea has the following goals and objectives.
• To assert the position of the Filipino youth that fully recognizes the indisputable sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines over its claims in the West Philippine Sea in conformity with the international law.
• To instill the values of patriotism to the Filipino youth as well as to rekindle their national spirit.
• To effectively educate the youth on the West Philippine Sea and raise awareness on its socioeconomic and political importance to the nation.
• To enable the youth to participate in activities that shall protect the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea as well as to protect the rights and welfare of other sectors in the West Philippine Sea such as those in Pag-Asa Island and other Kalayaan Group of Islands, Palawan and the Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc, Masinloc, Zambalez. The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea has chapters in the Philippines (Pag-Asa Island, Kalayaan Group of Islands, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), U.S. (Maryland, Illinois, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Florida, Texas), United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Ethiopia, Africa, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa Guam and the CNMI.
The movement in the Marianas is comprised of several young adults within the community, with Reynafe Aniga as president for the CNMI and Guam. Youth of Filipino descent from 13 to 35 years old are eligible to be regular members and those who are above 35 years old can be an associate member, Dr. Lamkin said.
“The battle between China and the Philippines over the West Philippines Sea has been a tumultuous fight, but it is up to us, the youth of today, to let our voices be heard as we protect the sovereignty of our motherland and spread awareness to our fellow countrymen,” says Reynafe Aniga. “The launching of this movement is crucial for all Filipinos, so your presence will be well received by all.”