Go: ‘Thanks but no’ to National Youth Commission recognition

January 18, 2019
Bong Go

FORMER Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in a statement, politely declined  the National Youth Commission (NYC) resolution recognizing his significant contribution to youth development.

The former Secretary stressed that, just like President Duterte, he is not keen on receiving commendation as they are only doing their job as government workers. He however thanked the NYC for such recognition that inspires him to serve more especially for the welfare of the Filipino youth.

“Huwag po kayo magpasalamat sa amin. Trabaho po namin ito. Wala naman po kaming iba pang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kung hindi makatulong at mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kabataan,” Go stressed.

Earlier the NYC released Resolution No. 44, sponsored by Commissioner Victor del Rosario and adopted on Sept. 25, 2018, which cited Go’s numerous initiatives that benefited the youth.

In the resolution, NYC said Go’s health advocacy paved the way for the establishment of Malasakit Centers that hastened the delivery of medical services and gave poor patients, including minors, access to medicine.

His sports-led projects such as the “Sapatos ni Sap, Tsinelas ka-swap” and “Go for Hoops: Three-point shootout” were acknowledged for making an impact -- by encouraging the youth, mostly victims of calamities, indigenous people and youth in conflict-affected areas to focus more on sports, teaching them the value of discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

The commission also cited Go’s calls for the proper implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act “that greatly benefited millions of in-school youth across the country.”

“Such aforementioned programs and advocacies advanced the administration’s three-point campaign against drugs, criminality, and corruption that greatly benefits not only the youth and the people who are in need in the country,” the resolution reads.

The recognition was approved by NYC Chairperson Ronald Gian Carlo Cardema, and Commissioners Del Rosario, Paul Anthony Pangilinan, and James Ceasar Ventura.

When sought for comment, Asec. Del Rosario being the proponent of the resolution said he respects the decision of the former Secretary and thanks him for his commitment for the youth sector.