23-year old Irene Latag has become the first female Young Voices campaigner in the Philippines to become a government internship programme trainee with the National Youth Commission. This summer training and employment programme engages youth in constructive public service to build their support for and understanding of government projects. In addition to attending training seminars in subjects as diverse as labour rights and tree planting, Irene advocated for the programme to take more disabled trainees and to hire more disabled employees.
When the commission put up a handrail and signs to support accessibility for people with disabilities in the programme, Irene took the initiative to thank the chairman personally for this good idea. Two other Young Voices campaigners are now starting training in the programme.