PCS President Leo Querubin Keynotes 2011 Cavite Computer Conference
PCS President Leo Querubin shared his thoughts on how innovation will restore the Filipino youth’s dream in his keynote address to more than two hundred fifty (250) participants coming from Cavite’s seven districts last January 28, 2011 during the 2011 Cavite Computer Conference held at the Imus Social Hall, Nueno Avenue, Imus, Cavite.
The PCS President started his talk by defining who are considered part of the Filipino Youth. He said that based on Republic Act 8044, youth is defined as those who are 15-30 yrs old. He gave a profile of the Filipino youth as follows: a) Based on economic class: 69% comes from the D (middle class) group, 20% comes from the E (poor) group; while only 10% comes from ABC (upper middle class) group. b) Based on age group: 27% comes from the 15-17 yrs old range, 26% comes from the 18-21 yrs old range. c) Based on civil status: 62% are single, 36% are married. d) Based on educational attainment: only 15% have elementary school attainment; 54% have secondary school attainment; 30% have college level attainment of which only 7% have finished college
To fully understand the Filipino youth he cited a survey conducted by the Social Weather Station on the Filipino Youth. The views and aspirations of the Filipino youth based on the survey are as follows: a) As to the most important problem of our country: 56% said it was the economy, 20% said it was crime, 9% said it was governance. b) As to what are the top two traits of the Filipinos: 17% said hardworking, 14% said friendly. C) As to the number one negative trait of the Filipino: 20% said lazy. d) As to the number one male role model of the Filipino youth: 24% said Jose Rizal. e) As to the number one female model of the Filipino youth: 14% said their mothers. f) As to the top 3 aspirations of the Filipino youth: 98% said good marriage & family life, 98% said being able to find steady work, 98% said having good education.
Information technology provides innovation to the lives of the Filipino youth. The impact of innovation could be felt more strongly on the following aspects: a) Innovation provides better access to information & services, this translates to better education. b) Innovation provides better access to friends & families; this could mean better family life especially for those whose parents are working overseas. c) Innovation provides access to opportunities, this transforms to a better chance of finding steady work.