Now on his third year as Commissioner representing the Visayas in the National Youth Commission, Boholano youth leader Asec. Benjie S. Oliva, NYC Commissioner for the Visayas, said he is proud to have served the youth and his performance will speak for itself.
Oliva, in an interview with the STANDARD, said he is not minding a group waging a demolition campaign against him, an obvious preparation for the coming appointment of a new NYC Chairman that would replace the outgoing Richard Alvin Nalupta, who hails from Luzon whose term ends on Feb. 2009.
Reports say Pres. Arroyo is mostly likely to appoint a new NYC Chairman coming from the Visayas for an equal chance of regions represented in the youth commission.
The soft-spoken Oliva said his performance would speak for himself and not by publicity.
A writer has been posting articles in newspapers and websites narrating unfounded allegations against Oliva.
The person has been asking favors from Oliva, like being included in trips abroad but was denied due to qualifications.
"I cannot compromise the various programs for the youth, like study-tours to other countries, just because I want favorable publicity by any writer," Oliva said.
On record, Oliva has drafted 85 policy recommendations that had three major bills;
NYC Version of the Magna Carta for Student Rights, Amended Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) Bill and the NYC Version of the Anti-Child Pornography Bill.
He also contributed recommendations in the crafting of the NYC and SK Provisions of the IRR of RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
Oliva was the elected Chairman of the ASIAN YOUTH CONGRESS in Seoul, Korea. He headed the Philippine Delegation to the China ASEAN Young Civil Servants Youth Exchange held in Beijing, Nanning and Guangzhou, China.
Oliva was also the Philippine Representative, Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSYEAYP) Conference, Tokyo, Japan and to several youth conference in Singapore, Jakarta and Vietnam.
For further international exposures, Oliva had sent a number of youth leaders from Bohol and Visayas region to China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore.
He is Chairman, Organizing Committee, Philippine-Korea Youth Exchange and co-chaired Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students.
Oliva is a consistent awardee as OUTSTANDING STUDENT in Region 7 (2002), and Outstanding Boholano in Metro-Manila (2007)