The chilly air in the Okada function room and the applause from the sea of dominant personalities from various industries fueled Angel Salvador B. Laysico’s excitement as he gracefully walked upstage to receive his plaque after hearing the host called for his name as the Winner of the Outstanding Educator and Inspiring Youth Influencer Award during the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards Night on the 26th of June 2021.

Asia Pacific Luminare is a prestigious award-giving body that gives recognition to the best and brightest individuals from different industries who made significant contributions to their different fields.

It was a defining moment for Laysico, a 29-year-old Malaboñan youth leader and educator, to have his name alongside the other awardees such as veteran actress Nora Aunor, TV Host and esteemed journalist Boy Abunda, and Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray, to name a few.

Laysico was no stranger to such acknowledgments as he has already bagged several recognitions.

Little do we know that Laysico was once a shy young man who had his social and communication skills honed through the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that provides youth students aged 15-30 years with an opportunity for a periodic full-time employment to help finance their studies.

During his tenure as a SPES beneficiary between April to May 2013, Laysico was assigned at the Malabon City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to assist in the referral and placement of job seekers and the preparation of Labor Market Analysis. His exposure to the government service thru the daily dealings with the clients alongside his administrative assignments prepped Laysico to be a better servant-leader.

Shortly after his SPES stint, Laysico was elected as the National Youth Council (NYC) president of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)—winning against 12 aspiring contenders. He was also the country’s representative to the symposiums held in Hongkong.

Soon after, Laysico graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Mathematics and received a leadership award. He then joined different symposiums held in different parts of the country and enrolled in graduate school to further his knowledge.

In 2015, after earning his license as a Registered Teacher, he started teaching in Longos National High School in Malabon City, and was elected as the president of the Faculty Members Association. Laysico was the youngest elected president of the said association.

Laysico also has the following recognitions on his sleeve: Most Outstanding Teacher Award for the Longos National High School (2017-2018 and 2019-2020), Global Leaders and Educators – COVID-19 Resiliency Award (2020), AKLAT Foundation’s Gawad Modelong Kabataan Award (2014), YMCA Leadership Award (2014), Innovative and Outstanding Youth in Malabon – Top 1 Award (2013), and Arellano University Leadership Award (2013), to cite a few.

Before parting, Laysico said: “I was once an introverted kid but the exposure through SPES gave me the social skills that I need. The government offers a lot of programs to empower the youth…we need only to learn our potential and embrace our talent to become more active members of our society.”

SPES is just one of the interventions that the DOLE offers to help the youth become job-ready and globally competent members of the labor force.

END / Angelica Fresnoza