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History Of
ANAK ng BAYAN
(Ang Nagkakaisang Kabataan para sa Sambayanan)

                        The history of the nation is replete with heroic and gallant deeds of young Filipinos. From the battle for independence during the time of colonialism to the struggle for democracy at the height of martial rule, the youth was a vibrant force for change.

 

                        We have witnessed the recent display of this extraordinary youth dynamism during the People Power II in the campaign to oust an immoral and incompetent president. Students and youth contributed immensely in this fight by swelling the ranks of people who believe in change and infused the movement with zeal, vigor and purpose.

 

                        After the ouster of President Estrada from power, the Estrada Resign Youth Movement, the most active youth network during the People Power II, became the Youth Movement for Justice and Meaningful Change (YMJC) to secure the urgent youth demands from the new government. Disappointment immediately ensued after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to address the issue of access to education, the cornerstone of the agenda of the youth. This aggravated the rising disillusionment of the youth in the government that deprives them of quality education, employment and decent living conditions.

 

                        On May 20, 2001, leaders of Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, Student Christian Movement, National Union of Students, College Editors Guild and members of YMJC held a caucus in Anakbayan office in Padre Noval, Sampaloc, Manila to discuss the means to advance further the concerns of the youth in the politics of the country. The group recognized the important role of the youth in the society but noted the lack of a reliable party that will consistently fight for their interests. The name of the youth has always been invoked by anyone who aspires for public office. While these politicians claim they have secured the youth vote, the youth continue to be a marginalized force in the society. Thus, the group agreed to form a youth sectoral party that shall serve as an accompanying weapon in the fulfillment of youth empowerment in the country.

 

                        Out of this consensus, Ang Nagkakaisang Kabataan Para sa Sambayanan (United Youth for the People) or ANAK ng BAYAN was born—a united youth waging a crusade for a bright future through genuine nation-building and social transformation. The new party seeks to advance the politics of struggle and hope against the dominant politics of the country which promises a bleak future for the youth. The party aspires to fight for the right of the youth and the people for education and decent employment. This is the political party of the youth, by the youth, and for the youth.

 

                        The founding convention of the Party was held on June 19, 2001 at the Vinzon’s Hall, UP Diliman.   Attended by 25 representatives of different youth organizations, the Convention approved  the Party’s constitution, by-laws, general program and elected its national officers. The birth of ANAK ng BAYAN coincided with the 140th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero and an exemplary role model for the Filipino youth. Like Rizal, the Party believes that the future of the nation lies on the youth and their commitment to love and serve the country must be exhorted at all times.

 

                        Recruitment of members and establishment of chapters in the regions followed soon as it sparked enthusiasm among the youth. The first National Council meeting held on May 23, 2002, in Malaybalay, Bukidnon reported that ANAK NG BAYAN has reached a membership in nine regions of the country, which means the group already has a national constituency. During the expanded National Council meeting on June 8-12, 2003 in Angeles, Pampanga, the Party decided to run in the 2004 elections as the youth representative in the party-list elections.