was presented by the AN WARAY Youth Band. The conference was formally opened and called to orderlater in the afternoon during which Cong. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Deputy Minority Floor Leader,graced the opening ceremonies with his presence as the keynote speaker. His talk dealt with the themeand gave emphasis on leading by example and stressed that leadership is action and service to thepeople. After the opening ceremonies, the first roundtable discussion immediately followed with Ms. Ma.Consuelo Jamora, Business Development Officer of the Philippine National Bank, talking about the firstdiscussion topic, “Achieving the Task: Doing the Right Things Right.” Her discussion focused on thesteps to remember when setting objectives, vision, and mission for any organizational activity. Workshopsessions then came after with “Leadership Management Crisis” by former Cong. Gilbert Cesar Remulla,Philippine Legislators Committee for Population and Development, and “Parliamentary Procedure” byCong. Justin Mark “Timmy” Chipeco, District Representative of the Second District of Laguna. The firstday ended with the Friendship Night.Day Two, 23 November 2007, started with the third workshop session topic “Magna Carta ofStudents” which was discussed by Mr. Philip Jude Acidre, Visayas Island Wide Convenor of the 6
National Youth Parliament. Right after the session, the Challenge Courses facilitated by the conferencesecretariat followed. The participants were divided into separate small groups. The second roundtableconference was held in the afternoon. Ms. Josephine Veronique Lacson-Noel, Founding Chairperson ofKayang Kaya ni Misis Foundation, talked about “Building the Team: Leadership as Shared Action.” Mrs.Noel stressed that a leader must have the power to influence his followers. Afterwards, a meeting of theparticipant-delegates with the convenors followed. This served as an opportunity for the participants tovice out and discuss student council issues with the conference convenors. The convenors raisedpossible solutions and lend help to the problems the organization could address. A dinner and eveningsocials concluded the second day of the conference.
“Developing the Self: Leadership as Personal Growth;
the last principle embodying thetheme, was the topic discussed by Rev. Noli Opiniano, Senior Pastor of Nordic Harvest Bible Communityduring the third roundtable conference on the third day. 24 November 2007. He mentioned in hisdiscussion that a sensitive leader must remember the dignity of each member and to encourage andinspire that individual by the actions he takes. The closing ceremonies followed after the 3
roundtablediscussion with Mr. Erlend Johannessen, Chairman and Project Director of Streetlight Philippines, askeynote speaker. His keynote address was about the topic
“Others Before Self: The Challenge ofLeadership
. He noted significantly that good leadership is achieved when one does not care abouthonor or personal gains but of bringing the best out of people and actually changing their lives throughthe way he acts. Lastly, the 2
Student Leadcon was formally closed by Hon. Florencio “Bem” Noel andwas finally adjourned by the Conference Director.During the conference, the roundtable discussion methodology was utilized. At every session, atalk on a topic relevant to student leadership and to the theme was given by a resource person or by anexpert invited by the conference secretariat. An open forum followed the talk, during which reactors,selected from the participants themselves, addresses questions to the resource persons or share theiropinions with the body. After all the reactors and raised questions or expressed their thoughts and whenthere was still ample time, some participants posed questions to the speakers or made a statement oftheir opinion. A moderator facilitated dialogue and the exchange of ideas between the resource personsand the participants and among the participants themselves.At the end of the conference, the participants drafted a Conference Declaration encapsulating thevarious experience and lessons learned during the event as well as a stating a commitment to pursuethem after the conference. The declaration was made in the name of all participants and was read duringthe closing ceremonies.
OBSERVATIONS AND REALIZATIONS
An assessment activity held by the convenors and the volunteer staff on the evening ofDecember 2, 2007 and the following observations and realizations were made:
1) The Second Student LeadCon was able to satisfactorily accomplish the pre-determinedobjectives of the conference. It was able to motivate and encourage the participating studentleaders to
themselves as standard bearers in their respectiveschool communities;2) It was able to create an avenue for student leaders to establish networks and linkages withother student leaders from different colleges and universities;3) It imparted learning and information to the student leaders on leadership principles and thenecessary leadership skills;