MARAWI CITY: The National Youth Commission (NYC) and local officials here launched the program “abot-alam” aimed at zeroing out-of-school youth (OSY) in Lanao del Sur.
Gov. Mamintal Alonto-Adiong Jr. of Lanao del Sur and NYC Chairman Undersecretary Leon Flores 3rd led the launching alongside local representatives of partner agencies, mayors, community leaders and stakeholders.
Adiong thanked the NYC for including the province in the country-wide program that will provide OSYs an “opportunity to continue their study, gain descent work and develop their hidden skills.”
Adiong and Flores together with line agencies of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and local partners signed an executive order and memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the program.
Adiong admitted that youths in the province “form a bigger chunk” that some of them “never went to school and have not completed high school level” due to lack of support while others were abused and neglected.
“Let us do what we can in our capacity to champion the cause of our youth and help them become mature and responsible citizens equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life,” said Adiong.
Abot-Alam project coordinator Christabel Bautista said the program is being assisted by the Department of Education (DepEd) as “the biggest integrated program for helping community-based OSYs.”