A NEW batch of 824 out-of-school-youths (OSYs) is set to undergo various short-term technical skills trainings in the next few months under the Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDEV) program in Zamboanga City.
The trainings will be done as the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance Inc. (Zabida) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) and the Universal College of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (UCSAP) to launch the program in the city.
Fr. Angel Calvo, Zabida president, said the MOA was signed last week in a simple ceremony held at the ZCSPC.
Based on the MOA, the ZCSPC and UCSAP will conduct the trainings in their respective campuses and participating villages, with Zabida acting as program manager.
The training is sponsored by the Education Development Center (EDC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).
Calvo said the OSYs will come from 30 targeted villages of Zamboanga City.
He said Zabida and the schools will identify cluster of competencies suitable for community-based training and school or industry-based training programs.
The MOA stated that the schools will undertake the portion of cluster of competencies suitable for school or industry training programs, added Calvo.
He said the society has a “sacred duty to take care of our children” as a collective effort “to invest in their future.”
He said the alliance will ensure that all needed resources shall be provided for the proper training of the youths, who are the “seeds of the future.”
Dr. Lorenzo Macapili, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) regional director, said the training dovetails with the National Government’s program to raise the skills competencies of labor to fill available job that remain unfilled by the thousands due to the lack of qualifications.
Macapili cited thousands of jobs available in local fish canning factories that are unserved due to lack of qualified workers.
The MOA was signed as principal parties by Zabida, headed by Calvo, ZCSPC president Dr. Nora Ponce and UCSAP president Alejandro Navato.
Attesting as witnesses were representatives of the cooperating agencies to include the City Government, Department of Education (DepEd), Tesda City Agriculturist Office, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Interior and Local Government, Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc., National Youth Commission, and other members of the city’s Out of School Youth Development Alliance.
Early this year, over 300 OSYs also graduated from various livelihood skills trainings, including non-formal academic education under the first phase of the MYDEV program implemented by Zabida.
EDC Youth Development Specialist Robinson Wee said the program will continue until 2018. (Bong Garcia)