Role of Filipino You in Nation Building

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Youth is that period when man is full of energy, ambitions and zest for life. The power possessed by youth us a recognized force today. The power or the energy can be used for both constructive and destructive purposes. Whenever there is unrest in a country, political forces use youth to further their selfish interests. During Edsa Revolutions, there were widespread agitations in which thousands of students participated. Many of them join to protest against the policies of the government.

Philippines is a country with a huge population. Those between the ages of 15 to 35 form more than half of the total population. Thus Philippines has a vast potential of youth power. The students, employees, farmers, workers and persons from various professions, including the educated unemployed are the elements which really matter in all fields of our national life. Unfortunately, a large portion of youth is without any proper direction. That is why often our young people are full of frustration. It is dangerous to let our young men and women remain idle an as it would enhance their frustration. This may lead to chaos and disturbance.

Moreover, if our youth is idle, it will be a sheer wastage of a great energy. No country can afford such wastage. What is needed is that the young men and women should be directed properly to engage in some constructive work. If this potential is tapped adequately, our massive youth power can work wonders for the national reconstruction. The Filipino youth have never lagged behind when called upon to meet a challenge. But for this, our national leaders will have to behave in a responsible way. They should' not exploit the youth for their own selfish motives. They should mobilize their abilities by providing them with suitable avenues.

The task of nation building is very challenging and can be divided into phases. Everyone can contribute towards it according to his or her capabilities. First of all, the young people should be made to...
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