Amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, an executive order constituting the very first provincial-wide youth development alliance in the Philippines was signed on March 30, 2020. Signed by Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Governor Roberto Uy, Executive Order 20-28 or the establishment of the alliance called Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance (ZNYDA) will now officially roll…

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Over 140 Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons and Federation Presidents participates in the pilot course Strengthening the Children and Youth Participation in Governance Program.  In support of the SK Reform Act, the Galing Pook Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the National Youth Commission entered into a collaboration and came up with Strengthening the Children and…

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To strengthen the delivery of the Alternative Learning System in Region 9, ING, UNICEF, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) launched the Educational Leadership and Management Course (ELMC) for Alternative Learning System Implementers of Zamboanga del Norte. A total of 45 ALS Implementers holding leadership positions underwent the first module on January 27-February 1, 2020,…

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Aiming to professionalize youth development work in the country, the Master of Arts in Governance and Development Major in Youth Development Work (MAGD-YDW) officially launched last February 17, 2020, at Yakan Hall, Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. Ateneo de Zamboanga University, in partnership with the National Youth Commission and UNICEF Philippines, offers this 45-credit unit…

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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…

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Out of more than 300 applicants, Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s SUGPAT Program is recognized as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in the Philippines. “This TAYO award is given to SUGPAT, that has worked hard for harnessing creativity and innovation,” TAYO Awards Foundation President Perci Cendana said. The national awarding was held on…

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Over 150 people gathered last November 28 to listen to the Zamboanga City Mayor as she delivers her State of the Children’s Report at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City. Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar highlighted in her speech the programs, activities, awards, and policies centered on children. “We are proud to…

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To celebrate world children’s month every November, 35 children ages 10-15 participated in a 2-day workshop last November 14-15 at the Grade School Library, Ateneo de Zamboanga Kreutz Campus.  The local city government of Zamboanga, UNICEF Philippines, City Social Welfare Development Office (CSDWO), and AdZU-SUGPAT partnered to organize “Children Building Child-friendly Cities.”  The activity was…

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In preparation for the celebration of World Children’s month every November, children facilitators were trained for the 2-day workshop “Children building Child-Friendly Cities” by the team of AdZU SUGPAT.  Last November 13, seven children facilitators were introduced to the workshop activities which they will be leading. The facilitators also took part in crafting the module…

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To raise awareness on mental health among adolescents and youth, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Workshop was held last November 16 at Sauras Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The one-day workshop was organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children, UNICEF Philippines and Department of Health, in partnership with AdZU-SUGPAT and Katilingban.  Twenty adolescents…

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