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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

MYDev offers promising 2016 for Isabela City OSY
By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Jan 18 (PIA) – The USAID Mindanao Youth Development (MYDev) project envisions a better outlook for out-of-school youth development in Isabela City as more skills training are in store ahead with the support of the Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance (OSYDA).

At OSYDA’s first regular meeting for the year, MYDev City Coordinator Alex M. Molas cited the initiatives of Isabela OSYDA who continue to be the model and frontrunner of OSYDA’s in the country. He said that MYDev chief-of-party Kevin Corvin praised the Isabela City OSYDA for its role in OSY development and whose initiatives have brought international attention.

“This attention will surely translate to more program support in the coming years,” he said, adding that Isabela City is already implementing some of MYDev’s proposals that are being discussed in its meetings.

“Pinag-uusapan pa lang namin, ini-implement na ng Isabela (We are still talking about it, Isabela already implements),” he said.

He reported that skills training are still ongoing in certain barangays like Tabiawan, Cabunbata, and La Paz (Sunrise). Some were already completed and assessments for National Certifications (NCs) are ongoing and results show good passing rates.

Molas also lauded the initiatives of some member-agencies of OSYDA for their efforts to hold various activities and capability-building sessions benefiting the OSYs, like the City Agriculture Office, City Population Office, the DepEd Alternative Learning System (ALS), Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) and DOLE, among others.

Meanwhile, OSYDA presiding officer and City Administrator Ramon T. Nuñal asked member-agencies to increase their respective programs for OSYs this 2016. He also looked forward to having youth representatives attending the OSYDA meetings.

Molas said that by February and March, a youth summit will be conducted to surface OSY agenda that will be presented to candidates for 2016 elections. In this summit, official youth representatives for OSYDA will also be selected.

Moreover, Elma Uckung of DepEd ALS reported that some 1,556 OSYs in the city were reached out by its Abot-Alam program for this year.