NYC consults public on youth dev’t index-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THE National Youth Commission (NYC) is currently conducting public consultations on Youth Development Index in nine provinces nationwide.
Teddy Bonitez, Presidential Staff Officer II, said the consultations aimed at getting the pulse of the different sectors on current issues and concerns of the youth nowadays.
Bonitez said the NYC, in partnership with the Institute of Development and Economic Analysis Inc. and the United Nations Population Fund, is embarking on a new journey for youth development that aims to come up with Philippine Youth Development Index (PYDI) that would serve as a tool in measuring youth development.
“In order to create and complete a relevant PYDI, the series of consultations are currently being undertaken in nine provinces nationwide,” Bonitez said.
“This aims to get advice and guidance from the stakeholders in the development of the PYDI alongside gathering of secondary data as instrument to gauge youth concerns such as, but not limited to education, employment, public participation, environment and health,” he added.
On issues of education, he said, initial reports from the consultations revealed that the youth needs a better access to scholarship grants especially those “non-deserving” ones.
Saddened with HIV
“On employment, they really need decent jobs, insurances and right wages. On health, we are saddened by the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), though it’s not as a medical concern. So with the proliferation of illegal drugs,” he added.
Bonitez also emphasized the youth representation through the Sangguniang Kabataan organization (SK), “but the age has to be 18-24 years old.”
“Because they are 18 years old below, the youth cannot yet decide on their own. The barangay captain still manages them. They cannot stand on reasoning, accountability and decision. Papirmahin lang sila ng cheke, ayos na,” he added.
He also emphasized different cyber issues including prostitutions, bullying, among others.
“These are encompassing issues, but we have to catch up with it para hindi na magpatuloy,” he added.
The first leg of the consultation was done in Eastern Samar, Sarangani and Masbate on October 23-24.
The second leg is on November 4-5 in the provinces of Iloilo, La Union, and Misamis Oriental, while the third and final leg is in Benguet, Guimaras and Bukidnon on November 7-8.
The activities during the consultations include interviews of representatives from the local government units (LGUs), Technical Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Department of Education (DepEd), Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Health Offices, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Population Office; the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Philippine Employment Service Offices (Peso), youth affairs offices.
The consultations also focus on group discussion with youth representatives from various youth organizations in the province.
Bonitez said this is the first in the country and the PYDI is expected to be the standard measure of youth development in the Philippines.
He said they are positive that all the concerns of the youth, which would be consolidated and presented during the Linggo ng Kabataan on the second week of December in Manila.
Around 300 youth leaders from Manila will join the convention, he added.
Bonitez is in Cagayan de Oro with the technical staff conducting consultations in Misamis Oriental and meeting with the local press on Monday morning.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 05, 2013.