GMA: Youth must go into science and technology

IN order for the world to attain peace, the youth sector must be seriously involved in science and technology, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said as she encouraged fellow world parliamentarians to urge their youth to go into science and technology.

Arroyo, together with other members of Congress, attended the 139th International Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly at the Centre for International Conference Geneve (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland.

During her speech, the former President underscored the need to engage the youth in science and technology to attain peace and address the growing need for innovation and fast-changing technology by encouraging them to take science and engineering courses.

She cited a UNESCO benchmark which set at 340 research and development-capable manpower per a million population in order to sustain modernization into the future.

“To achieve that benchmark, parliaments and parliamentarians can provide the budget to encourage more youth to pursue scientific and engineering studies,” she stated.

Speaker Arroyo headed the IPU Philippine delegation composed of members of Senate and the House of Representatives.

Also in the assembly were Senators Franklin Drilon, Panfilo Lacson and Ralph Recto and Reps. Rodante Marcoleta, Greg Gasataya, Federico Sandoval, Ron Salo, Ma. Theresa Collantes and Karlo Alexei Nograles.

The IPU is a global organization of national parliamentarians from 178-member states. The IPU Assembly brings together noted parliamentarians from its member-states in a bid to promote and address democracy, equality, development and peace in their own countries and at the international level.

This year, the Assembly’s theme was “Parliamentary Leadership in Promoting Peace and Development in the Age of Innovation and Technology. Speaker Arroyo gave her speech in relation to the said theme.

She pointed out that during her time as president in 2007, the Philippine Congress provided a US$90 million budget to a program called the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT).