UP Diliman wins ADB Youth Debate in India

By RJ BARRETE

Last year, the Asian Development Bank in coordination with Plan International featured students from top two debating teams in the country: De La Salle University and University of the Philippines Diliman. The event demonstrated the role of the youth in development. UPD beat DLSU during the grand finals.

This year, the University of the Philippines Diliman won the ADB’s The Voice of Youth: A Civil Society Debate during the 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors held in New Delhi, India last May 4.
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PHOTO CREDIT: NGO & Civil Society Center, Asian Development Bank ADB

Pearl Simbulan (BA Political Science), Valeri Inting (BS Social Work) and Carlo Borromeo (BS Business Economics) competed against University of Delhi in the grand finals about charging the consumers for the natural resources used to preserve them for future generation. UPD argued being in the affirmative side that it’s important to charge consumers because it’s the only way to preserve resources – either people consume less or even if they don’t, at least further protection of resources and accessible service to the poor is provided. On the other hand, University of Delhi, as the opposition said that people can barely afford basic necessities and that the policy is anti-poor; rather educate the people about it.

“I really don’t see debate as divorced from real life. Analyzing social problems and designing policies to solve them are the same skills needed to respond to development issues.” Inting said.

Annual Meetings are statutory occasions for Governors of ADB members to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions. The event gives opportunities for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academe and the private sector.

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