By Hemmady S. Mor
The Jefferson Fellowships, a widely recognized media-program through the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) brought together multinational journalists from eleven countries in the Philippines for an immersive 21-day program, which included a round table discussion among PUP students taking up Journalism, History and Political Science courses.
The session with students, which was held May 3, at the Multi-Media Center of PUP included discussions on youth perspectives pertaining Duterte presidency including his anti-poverty policies and the extrajudicial drug war; the demographic, economic and social drivers of emigration; if and how the Philippine educational system perpetuates the OFW phenomena, the positive and negative effects of overseas work on families, and how they see their own future in the Philippines.
The Jefferson Fellows, aside from meeting people in the academe, also met with government officials, media colleagues and civil society leaders to explore domestic push factors compelling Filipinos abroad; the evolution of related policy-making; and the various institutions and civil society organizations aimed at facilitation and protection of overseas workers.
The group of journalists from Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America benefited from the sessions and claimed to have learned much from the insights given by the student participants.