City strengthens support for out-of-school youth

The city government of Davao strengthened its support for the out-of-school youth (OSY) in Davao City by creating the Davao City Alliance for Out-of-School Youth Development Council (DCAOSYDC) and providing funds for it.

Through Executive Order (EO) No. 72 issued by Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte on December 2, 2022, the city government of Davao recognizes the need to provide opportunities to the youth sector, improving OSY access to better education, employment, and livelihood support, and other youth development initiatives, especially on second chance education, workforce readiness, and positive youth development.

The new EO also states that the DCAOSYDC is a priority of the city government along with the private sector, government and non-government agencies, and youth organizations, recognizing the importance of strengthening OSY development and integrating other OSYs-related development programming through institutionalizing the intervention into a council.

“The DCAOSYDC shall serve as the integrating body to institutionalize the participation of all sectors in identifying the appropriate interventions for OSYs through policies, planning, direction-setting, mobilizing resources, implementation and monitoring and evaluation to support OSY programs and services,” it said.

The DCAOSYDC is mandated to make an inventory of the respective members’ offices’ programs that can benefit the OSY in the city; formulate policies, strategies, programs and plan of activities and mobilize resources to support the education, employment, entrepreneurship, or livelihoods and engagement of Out-of-School Youth; enter into an agreement to forge partnerships among and with other institutions or entities that have relevant projects to ensure the institutionalization of Out-of-School Youth Development Programs in the city; and identify and mobilize the prospective OSY learners.

The EO also states that identified stakeholders and partners recognize the relevance of the youth development alliance as the mechanism to reduce OSYs’ current problems and issues as they have agreed to work closely with the city government to ensure a proactive and responsive DCAOSYDC.

The city mayor shall serve as the chairperson while the DCAOSYDC chairperson shall be the co-chair and the City Administrator’s Office shall serve as DCAOSYDC Secretariat.

The members include the chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture, the chairperson of the SP Committee on Youth and Sports Development, the City Social Welfare and Development Office head, Public Employment and Services Office officer-in-charge, Office of the City Planning and Development Office coordinator, Department of Education Davao City Schools Division superintendent, Provincial Director Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) provincial director, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao City director, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 11 Davao City chief labor employment officer, and the Philippine Information Agency Davao Region manager.

The funds for this body are chargeable to the available funds of the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

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