The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) will be holding its 39th National Student Leaders Congress this coming December 7 to 11, 2013 at Talisay, Cebu City. Known for its active involvement in student, youth and peoples issues, NUSP has, for 56 years, been consistent with its pro-student and pro-people leadership.
Touted as “the premiere national student center,” NUSP has honed student and youth leaders from various schools, colleges and universities all over the Philippines. NUSP’s national congresses and conventions, trainings and workshops, produce and enhance the best and the brightest of this nation’s student leaders.
This year, the 39th National Congress takes on the theme “Padayon: Upholding Genuine Student Leadership and Forwarding the Youth and Peoples’ Agenda for Truth and Accountability.” The theme in itself is a constant reminder of the students, especially the student leaders’ responsibility to push for meaningful changes in and out of their universities.
The five-day congress will feature leadership and skills trainings (such as student council management, parliamentary process, and campaign and finance management, among others), arts and culture workshops (social media, poetry, theater, visual and digital art, etc), community development or integration program, and drafting and building resolutions, and salient societal issues.
Speakers for forum and simultaneous classroom discussions hail from a pool of experts in various fields such as the academe, the economic sector, mass media, and the education field.
NUSP has produced a number of luminaries in varying fields across history, including former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, formers Senators Raul Roco and Kiko Pangilinan, former Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino, business tycoon Loida Nicolas Lewis, student leaders such as incumbent Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon, and others.