“I am not here to teach the Philippines how to improve its condition but I am here to share our knowledge and experiences,” said Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz during a breakfast meeting organized by the Agriculture Committee of the Israel Chamber of Commerce recently in Makati City.
The Philippines and Israel have maintained ties through the years.
Filipinos, following the order of the late President Manuel Quezon, have opened its doors to the Jews during the Holocaust. The Philippines has been home for many Israelis even up to these days.
Israel soared from the ground, and today the country is one of the more prosperous nations in the world. By global metrics and standards, Israel’s economy is advanced compared to other countries.
During the discussion over meal, Ambassador Harpaz emphasized only one thing and that is to invest in the youth.
“The Philippines should maximize the talents and skills of their youth. They are very engaged in social, technological and even political issues that surround their country currently,” the envoy shared.
The Philippines is inhabited by young generations and these young guns are very much into knowing what is happening with their environment. But not only that, their voices are louder than ever.
They are more vocal with the changes they want to see in the society. And most importantly, they act.
And for the envoy, it is of great opportunity for the Philippine government to maximize the capabilities and skills of the youth.
“They are very knowledgeable in technology. They are always updated with the latest happenings. Filipino youths are very much engaged and involved,” he furthered.
Ambassador Harpaz also noted that this holds true with his country, Israel.
Israel is a country best known for its advanced ways of doing things which are all driven by the interest in technology of the youth. Say, the GPD navigation application “Waze” was designed and developed by an Israeli company Waze Mobile.
Today, Waze is the most used navigating software application in the world.
Ambassador Harpaz highly believes that the Philippines can do the same if only our country invests wisely.