NEWLY-appointed chairman of the National Youth Commission Aiza Seguerra said that her first agenda as chief of the agency would be to visit the Lumad, a group of non-Muslim indigenous people in southern Philippines.
“I want to go where they are,” said Seguerra, as she referred to the Lumad, during an interview on ABS-CBN. “I want to visit and I wanna learn from the sectors mismo at malaman kung ano iyong problema. Ang gusto ng presidente ay pagkatapos ng term niya eh wala nang masasabing marginalized people. Gusto niyang lahat tayo ay magkaroon ng boses.”
Seguerra, 32, also said that she will hold talks with various groups involved with out-of-school youths.
Asked about reactions that President Duterte appoints those who supported him in the campaign, Seguera said: “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.
Last Aug. 12, Seguerra was appointed to the NYC, replacing Gio Tiongson. She will take her oath before Duterte as the agency’s new chief on Aug. 16.
Liza Diño, partner of Seguerra, was appointed chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Seguerra and Diño will serve for three years.
In June, it was rumored that Seguerra will be appointed to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She denied it.
In 2007, Seguerra came out publicly as a lesbian. But in 2014, the “Pagdating ng Panahon” hitmaker came out as a transgender man.
Seguerra married model-actress Diño on Dec. 8, 2014.
The two personalities joined the list of celebrities appointed by Duterte to the government. Others were Jimmy Bondoc, Arnel Ignacio, Kat de Castro, and Freddie Aguilar.