The Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance (ZNYDA) conducted a series of consultation meetings with its members to analyze its capacity, and to identify core problems of the youth in Zamboanga del Norte.

In the virtual conventions on October and November, the members of ZNYDA, consultants James Ceasar Ventura and associate Riolyn Manibog, together with the AdZU SUGPAT team, gathered to discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) and the Political, Economical, Sociological, and Technological Factors (PEST) that may affect the alliance.

On December 6, ZNYDA members convened to finalize and discuss the results of the SWOT and PEST Analyses, as well as present the core problems of the Zamboanga del Norte Youth using the Problem Tree Approach. 

One of the strengths identified in ZNYDA’s services is that it links institutions and offers multidisciplinary programs. 

Another pertinent strength of the alliance, as shown in the results of the SWOT Analysis, is the support and leadership by the provincial government towards ZNYDA and that the members working for the alliance are focal persons from different agencies and organizations who are qualified, dedicated, and competent.

Aside from discussing the internal and external capacities and challenges of the alliance, the members of ZNYDA also identified core problems of the youth of Zamboanga del Norte using the Problem Tree Approach, a methodology of three steps for identifying main problems, along with their causes and effects.

The members and the representatives identified the major societal problems the ZNYDA wants to address, defined the “core problem,” and visualized the “cause-effect” relationship in the problem tree diagram. 

They were grouped into three working committees focused on the identified core problems: Education, Participation, and Employment and Entrepreneurship. 

One core problem identified is many Zamboanga Del Norte adolescents and youth are neither employed nor engaged in entrepreneurial ventures. Lack of education, qualifications, and knowledge or training are some of the identified causes of the problem; with emotional distraction, participation to risky activities, low youth participation, and financial difficulty as its effects. 

“The results of the analyses will aid in effective action planning that will take place early next year. And we thank the members of the alliance for their commitment and passion in this alliance,” SUGPAT Project Officer Jan Cutin said. 

After the first stage of developing the ZNYDA strategic plan which was to set the direction, it moved forward to the second stage, assessing capacity. The third stage will focus on building a plan, which will be further discussed by the members of the alliance in early 2021.

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