Kabataan party-list rep chosen as one of world’s most outstanding politicians in youth sector

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) – Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago was selected as one of the world’s most outstanding politicians representing the youth sector.

The 30-year old lawmaker was among the five young leaders who will receive the One Young World Politician of the Year award at the One Young World 2021 Summit in Munich, Germany on April 23-26 next year.

“Malugod na ibinabahagi ng @KabataanPL ang pagkilala na ito sa lahat ng kabataan na nagsusulong ng bagong pulitika ng pag-asa, pagkilos at pagbabago na naglilingkod sa sambayanan nang buong husay at katapatan,” said Elago in her Facebook post.

[Translation: Kabataan Party-list welcomes this recognition to all young people who are promoting a new politics of hope, action, and change that serves the people with competence and sincerity.]

Elago is currently on her second term as Kabataan Party-list representative, having been first elected in the position in 2016. She authored 426 bills in the 18th Congress alone.

The HRM graduate from UP Diliman is also an active member of the Makabayan bloc, a coalition of twelve party-list organizations known for its critical stances on national issues.

The Kabataan party-list lawmaker is also the poorest member of the House of Representatives, with a net worth of ₱85,400 based on her 2018 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

The annual One Young World Politician of the Year award, organized by London-based youth leadership organization One Young World, is given to individuals between 18 to 35 years old “who are using their positions to have a positive impact on young people in their communities and countries.”

The other winners are Erik Marquardt, 33, of Germany; Joanah Mamombe, 27, of Zimbabwe; Michael Tubbs, 30, of the United States; and Zarifa Ghafari, 28, of Afghanistan.