Pe (second from left) with his teammates and moderators at the Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative 2020
Keith Murray Pe, an Accountancy student from the University of Baguio School of Business Administration and Accountancy, received the Top Policy Initiator award during the Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative (YALPI) 2020 held in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand on Feb. 5-10.
Pe was presented the award together with his teammates from different South East Asian countries following the breakout session conducted as part of the summit.
During the breakout session, the delegates were divided into three groups: social justice, wealth distribution, and education. They were further divided into two groups under each category. In their proposals, the group presented their suggested solutions to identified issues under their respective topics.
Pe and his team was assigned a topic under wealth distribution. The team tackled the issue on the misuse of credit cards among the youth in the ASEAN region. The proposal’s piloting covers selected Thai senior high school students.
At the conclusion of the summit, Pe and his team’s policy recommendation was chosen to be funded by the sponsors and organizers for its implementation. The team was coached by Bolliger and Company, a public policy and strategic consulting firm based in Thailand.
Panel discussions and lectures were also among the highlights of the summit. The minister of the Thailand Ministry of Education; the deputy secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand; Miss World Runner-Up 2018 Nicolene Limsnukan; and model-host Cindy Bishop were among the speakers.
“Having been selected for the program has already made me glad. I didn’t expect for more because everyone else in there was very deserving,” Pe said.
“As serious as it may sound, it was actually loaded with laughs and stories from people whom I have had the pleasure of meeting. Plus, both Chulalongkorn University and Bangkok are a gem to behold, let alone Thai food and culture,” he added.
“[The win] was a concerted effort; I share it with my colleagues, moderators, and mentors,” noted Pe.
YALPI, now on its fourth year, provides a platform for the youth to have a dialogue about relevant issues that affect them, enabling them to come up with solutions to such issues. This year, the event was attended by graduate and undergraduate students from the ASEAN countries as well as Japan, Taiwan, Maldives, Lithuania, El Salvador, and the United Kingdom. – Kareen Leon and Keith Murray Pe
Pe with his team’s lead mentor, former spokesperson of the Bank of Thailand