The Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance (ZNYDA) along with other implementing partners People Systems Consultancy, ING, UNICEF Philippines, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s The SUGPAT Program, organizes the Maayong Pagnegosyo (MAPA) Program.

The ZNYDA, through the efforts of the Department of Education Zamboanga del Norte Division, identified the ALS learners who took part in the 4-day training on entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The online training was held from June 8 to July 2, 2021, with five batches of implementation. A total of 126 ALS learners completed the program.

The program aims to improve the income-generation capacity of the participants by equipping them with entrepreneurial and financial skills.

Furthermore, it aims to increase the learners’ knowledge in business and entrepreneurial competencies for them to be able to increase their income by starting their own businesses with the resources they already have without the need for any upfront capital.

“The Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance (ZNYDA) is a mechanism for the youth to have access to opportunities. So this training workshop happening now is evidence that ZNYDA may connect the youth to opportunities, especially the ALS learners,” 

Target setting for Northern Samar youth development alliance

On June 16, Northern Samar Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Armonoel Escoboar, Provincial Youth Development Officer (PYDO) John Allen Berbon, and the members of the SUGPAT Alliance Building team met for a consultation meeting to lay out the plans and timeline of engagement in Northern Samar. 

During the consultation meeting, it was suggested by the SUGPAT team to conduct a baseline research to identify the needs of the youth of Northern Samar. 

Through the Power for Youth Project of ING and Philippines, implemented by Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s SUGPAT Program, SUGPAT Project Officer Jerome Montes said that the intervention to create an LGU-led youth development alliance is not solely the effort of one organization, “it is a collective effort of all the concerned organizations and like-minded institutions in Northern Samar to improve the status of the youth in the province,” he added.

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