QUEZON CITY–The country’s out-of-school youth will be given yet another chance to finish their studies and pursue their dream career, thanks to the national government’s Abot Alam Program.
Abot Alam is a joint program of the National Youth Commission, the departments of Interior and Local Government and Education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and other government agencies designed to address the schooling-related problems of OSYs
Under the said program, each of the 42,000 barangays throughout the country must register OSYs aged 15-30 who are employed or unemployed, who have only finished primary and secondary levels of education, or those who are not studying.
The DILG plans to launch the said program after the elections to prevent local officials from meddling with its affairs. Municipal and City Mayors, as well as barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation officials will provide funds for the implementation of the said program.
OSYs in the country already number to 6.24 million in 2011 based on data from the National Statistics Office.
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