MANILA - Newly appointed National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Aiza Seguerra has vowed to help achieve the goal of President Rodrigo Duterte of giving a voice to the marginalized groups in the Philippines, including the Lumad and the LGBT community.
"Ang gusto ng presidente ay pagkatapos ng term niya eh wala nang masasabing marginalized people. Gusto niya lahat tayo ay magkaroon ng boses," shared Seguerra in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual shortly after being handed the post on Friday.
According to Seguerra, one of the first things she would do as the NYC chief is to simply listen. "I want to go where they are," she said, referring to the Lumad, one of the poorest and neglected sectors of the country's society.
"I want to visit and I wanna learn from the sectors mismo at malaman kung ano iyong problema," Seguerra explained, adding that she will also hold talks with groups representing the out-of-school youth and the urban poor.
A singer by trade, Seguerra believes that uplifting and giving the Filipino youth an outlet to be heard will help the country find its cultural identity in the long run.
Asked about the controversies surrounding the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), Seguerra promises to eradicate the image of the youth council that it is a breeding ground for future corrupt officials.
She also addressed the criticisms about Duterte appointing those who openly supported him during his campaign, saying: "Hindi ko rin masisi ang netizens on why they think that way."
"Pero lahat tayo, we deserve a chance to show what we can do. And sana alam ninyo na we are not here for anything else but because we want to help, we want to do things for my countrymen," she said.