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USAID/MYDev, OSYDA, DOLE invest in young people to make their future brighter
Tue, Apr 05, 2016 (Source: ICFO)
Isabela City – USAID/Philippines’ Mindanao Youth Development (MYDev) Program in convergence with Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance (OSYDA) in Isabela City, where DOLE Isabela City Field Office is an active member, had broaden the freedom of choice of the 245 out-of-school youth (OSY) of this city in quest for the quality of life as they received their graduation certificates during the Skills Training Completers Mass Graduation on March 16, 2016 at Juan B. Dans Memorial Gymnasium, Sunrise Barangay, this city.

The main objective of the development initiative for the young people is to enhance the life skills and employability of vulnerable out-of-school youth in selected conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. The skills and employability for the youth are necessary in addressing the key constraints to peace and stability in the area.

Life skills include integrated problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, peace education, tolerance training, and entrepreneurship skills.

USAID MYDev Chief of Party Kevin Corbin led the graduation ceremony of the completers. In his message, he emphasized the importance of networking in any development programs and services, which is perceived as one vital ingredient towards sustainable development. Further, he shared to the OSY the virtue of persistence as a foremost value in surpassing any obstacles in life in pursuit of their dreams.

The 245 graduates had meritoriously completed the required number of hours of training of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on plumbing, cooking, carpentry, and health care services.

To foster self-volunteerism for the OSY and as a gesture of gratitude, the completers had undergone community service as part of the program design.

Among the participating barangays of this project were Cabunbata; Tabiawan; Begang; Riverside; Timpul; Eastside; Lukbuton; Maligue; Tabuk; and Lanote, all barangays of Isabela City.

Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar through the representation of City Councilor James Abner S. Rodriguez also graced the event, together with other local partners and officials, namely: City Councilor Nida P. Dans; City Administrator Ramon T. Nunal, Jr.; OSYDA Members (to include DOLE ICFO); representative of Furigay College, Inc. President Mr. Hegem Furigay; TESDA Provincial Director Ms. Muida Hataman; and the officials of the aforesaid barangays.

Hon. James Abner S. Rodriguez delivered his message to the participants by conveying significantly the relationships of these three concepts: business; jobs; and economic development. He said that more business means more jobs and more jobs means more economic development.

To ensure actual conduct of entrepreneurial activities, completers were also provided with starter kits as a start-up tools and equipment of their chosen field.

Towards the end of the activity, selected completers shared their insights on the program. What are striking in their testimonies were the lessons they got in the course of the training. They viewed the learnings beyond what knowledge and skills can conceive, such as team work, perseverance, and volunteerism, which they believed are intrinsic values that are inherent in any successes in life.

Human resources are indeed vital agents of development of every nation. Investing in young people manifests that development partners are serious on the saying, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes Diogenes

Marlyn M. Anoos, ICFO

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