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4 million Out-of-School Youth eyed for community integration

The National Youth Commission (NYC), together with the Department of Education (DepEd) launched on Friday, an ambitious project aimed at listing and profiling all Out-of-School Youths (OSYs) throughout the country for direct servicing by government and private organizations.

Dubbed ABOT-ALAM, the program is a nationwide Barangay Targeting and Profiling System for all OSYs, aged 15 to 30 years old. It aims to create a comprehensive database of OSYs in the country and to ensure that all OSYs are reintegrated to their communities through programs and services of the DepEd, TESDA, DOLE, DSWD, and other partner agencies.

“Nais nating ibahagi sa 3-4 milyong kabataang OSYs sa buong Pilipinas ang biyaya ng kaalaman sa pamamagitan ng Abot-Alam Program. Kaya inumpisahan na ng mga iba’t-ibang barangay ang pagpapalista ng mga OSYs,” NYC Chair Leon Flores said during the Program’s launch at Barangay Pinyahan in Quezon City.

For his part, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that “Abot Alam’s goal is to consolidate efforts among different sectors to equip our OSYs with the needed knowledge and skills that will enable them to go back to school, get employed or go into business. We are harnessing the support of every member of the community to help us in putting together a database of our out of school youth and in implementing programs and projects that will address their needs.”

The first phase of the program is the Out-of-School Youth Barangay Targeting System (OSY-BTS) which seeks to identify and capture information on OSYs at the barangay level. While the second phase is the Community Reintegration Program (CoRPs) which aims to reintegrate the listed OSYs back into the education system whether through formal or alternative modalities, including TESDA courses.

“Marami tayong modalities kung paano matutulungan ang isang OSY, pwedeng sa DepEd Alternative Learning System, TechVoc Education naman sa TESDA, at pwede ring bumalik sa pormal na pag-aaral. Ang mahalaga ngayon ay malaman natin kung nasaan ang mga OSYs sa buong bansa, mahalaga na maipalista natin sila sa Abot-Alam program. Sa ABOT-ALAM walang maiiwan na OSY, lahat ay kasali, lahat ay dapat mabigyan ng serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng Public at Private Partnerships,” Flores said.

ABOT-ALAM was simultaneously launched in the cities of Cagayan De Oro, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao.

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