Some 58 youth officials from the National Youth Commission (NYC), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, City Youth Development Office (CYDO) and Provincial Youth Development Office (PDYMO) on Wednesday conducted a joint consultative meeting for local government unit (LGU) mapping and rapid assessment.
NYC presidential officer Arnold Catalan said that the gathering is aligned to the national initiative of updating the youth profiles in each district.
“This is a continuous and simultaneous national program that is expected to finish by November 26. Focus ng consultation is to know the local youth development offices (LYDO) and align projects and programs,” Catalan said.
CYDO officer Jemarjo “Arjo” Escalona said that they also discussed proposed educational campaigns focusing on youths’ role in nation-building.
“We updated our directory, programs for accreditation, and validation ng youth-serving organizations. Si NYC kasi may mga modules that are on pilot tests pa and we are looking for bringing those here,” Escalona said.
Catalan verified Escalona’s statement citing that they have studied some curriculum on youth programs that are ready for rollout by next year.
“Kasabay ng profiling is yung paghanap naming ng accredited training companies or organizations. We plan on rolling out training and seminars about dynamics in local governance, ethics, child-abuse prevention, leadership, and resource mobilization,” Catalan said.
PYDO officer Odessa Oliva del Mundo said that the consultation is a huge step for the LYDOs in their fight against insurgency following the recent claim of youth recruitment in the New People’s Army (NPA).
“In terms of youth development, isa rin yun sa tutuunan natin ng pansin for next year kasi ang sinasabi is youth ang vulnerable for insurgency kaya gagawa din ng plans para maiwasan yung involvement sa mga ganitong leftist movements,” Del Mundo said.
The consultative meeting was joined by SK chairmen, city and provincial LYDOs including representatives from far-flung communities such as Cuyo, Magsaysay, Kalayaan, and Balabac.