Aiming to improve the referral mechanisms to link the youth to opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship, a youth development alliance will be formed in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

With the strong support of the provincial governor, Roberto Uy, the youth development alliance is set to roll during the second quarter of the year.

The alliance will be called the Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance (ZNYDA) and shall be headed by the provincial governor as the chairman of the alliance.

The ZNYDA shall reach the youth specifically the completers of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education, the in-school youth, and the out-of-school youth.

Furthermore, its role is to facilitate referral and information exchange so that ALS completers and other youth have opportunities for post-training activities like job fairs, immersion, scholarships for continuing education and training, and ultimately employment or self-enterprise development.

The alliance will also be overseen by the Provincial Youth Development Office led by Carl Rubia, the Provincial Youth Development Officer-Designate, and the Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation President, Myles Tejada.

Government offices and private stakeholders join the alliance

Aside from strengthening the implementation of the Alternative Learning System in the province, one of the major components of the Power For Youth project is to establish a strengthened alliance at the Provincial level to support the youth, especially the most-at-risk adolescents (out-of-school youth), for their learning and employment; bind by a signed Memorandum of Agreement among the alliance members, and an Executive Order from the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte.

The Alliance team composed of Jan Aldwin Cutin and Nimfa Maca of the Power for Youth Project is closely coordinating with the local government unit of Zamboanga del Norte, the government offices, as well as the business sector to be part of the alliance. 

The following agencies responded to the call of the alliance and will be official members of the ZNYDA: Zamboanga del Norte’s Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), and the Philippine National Police. 

Also members of the alliance are the Provincial Governor’s Offices: Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Youth Scholarship Program (PYSP), and Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

The business sector of Dipolog City also hopped in the alliance, the Dipolog City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Parents Association, a non-government organization.

The Office of Board Member Romulo Soliva, the Chairperson of Zambo del Norte’s Committee on Education, the League of Municipal Mayors, and the Provincial Youth Development Council also sits as a member of the proposed alliance. 

Aiming to benchmark from the provincial level youth development alliance, the Dipolog City SK Federation President and the Dipolog City Local Youth Development Officer will sit as observers in the establishment of the alliance. 

Upon signing the executive order institutionalizing ZNYDA, workshops will follow to further strengthen the roles of each office and agency in the alliance to better serve the youth of Zamboanga del Norte.

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