The Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance Strategic Planning, which was a 7-month journey for its members, finally wrapped up with an enhanced ZNYDA Action Plan. 

On March 18, the ZNYDA members met for the third phase of the strategic planning. A total of 19 representatives from different government agencies, youth organizations, and non-government organizations came together for the Action Planning Workshop at Isaiah Hall, Provincial Capitol, Zamboanga del Norte.

Facilitated by the SUGPAT Team, the workshop finalized the outcome goals and statements of the action plan. The members also helped hand in hand in building a comprehensive strategic plan based on their committees on Education and Training, Participation, and Employment and Entrepreneurship. By the end of the one-day workshop, the members were able to detail out the 2021-2022 Action Plan.

Finalization of the ZNYDA 2021-2022 action plan

After a week of consolidating the results during the action planning workshop, ZNYDA Consultants James Ceasar Ventura and Riolyn Manibog-Namnama called the members once again to present the Action Plan to the members and to solicit any comments and suggestions to improve the plan.

In the action planning meeting on March 26, partners from UNICEF Philippines Adolescent Development Specialist Maria Melizza Tan and Education Officer Avelino Mejia joined the meeting virtually. The meeting was facilitated by the consultants Ventura and Manibog-Namnama. 

Enhancing the action plan

On April 19, members of the ZNYDA gathered in Isaiah Hall, Provincial Capitol, Zamboanga del Norte to help strengthen the ZNYDA Action Plan for 2021 to 2022. Representatives of different government agencies detailed out the planned activities for the youth of Zamboanga del Norte for the upcoming years.  

Also present via ZOOM were ZNYDA’s consultants Ventura and Manibog-Namnama, partners from UNICEF Philippines Tan and Mejia, and SUGPAT’s very own Program Director Kiko Miranda.

In his welcoming message, Miranda looked back to the start of SUGPAT’s partnership with the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte. He said, “We started our engagement with the province of Zamboanga del Norte in 2019.  It has been more than a year now since our first engagement.  We have been holding each other’s hands for more than one year.”

After more than a year of providing technical assistance to the Provincial Youth Development Office (PYDO) and the Zamboanga del Norte Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), the SUGPAT program shall turn over the enhanced and finalized ZNYDA Action Plan to the chairman of the ZNYDA, Governor Roberto Uy. 

“Seeing how empowered and prepared ZNYDA is, we slowly let go of your hands as you steer your own ship towards the horizons of your dreams for the young people of Zamboanga del Norte,” Miranda said.

Minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask at all times, sanitizing of hands and touchpoints, and physical distancing were observed during the conduct of the in-person workshops. #

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