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Thursday, January 29, 2015

“Abot-Alam” advocacy forum held in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Dipolog City schools division’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) has recently conducted an advocacy and social mobilization on the Abot Alam program at the Bamboo Garden Restaurant here recently.

Joining the activity were representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and the barangay officials in the city.

ALS supervisor Catalina Barinaga said the Abot Alam program is a national convergence program of various national and local government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other institutions with the vision of helping the out-of-school youth (OSY) through the opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and employment.

It is also a national strategy to organize efforts in integrating programs for out-of-school youth (OSY) who are 15 to 30 years old and have not completed the basic/higher education or who are unemployed.

The objective of the program is to create a database of OSYs throughout the country by organizing the barangay targeting system; unify the efforts and resources of all agencies and organizations directed to solving the OSY problems, and ensure that all OSYs have access to programs and projects of the different organization.

One of the components of the program is data gathering in which all barangays will be surveyed to determine the interventions to be undertaken by the concerned agencies.

These interventions include the livelihood and skills training of the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA); scholarship program through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); employment program of the Dept. of Labor and OSY programs of the Local Government Units(LGUs); employment program of the Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) skills training for Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs); Community e-centers and product development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the literacy program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development DSWD) in the 4Ps communities.

Other government agencies involved in the program are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).