NYC, INYDO, DepEd address youth concerns thru "Dayalogo 2017"

Dec 13, 2017 ...

PGIN partners with NYC to strengthen youth involvement


The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) thru the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO), in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and Department of Education (DepEd) Ilocos Norte strengthen their campaign for inclusive youth programs at the "Dayalogo 2017" held at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Library last December 4, 2017.

"Dayalogo 2017" tackled issues on youth registration program, youth governance, and community-based programs for Out of School Youth, and aimed to address these through implementing inclusive youth development programs.

It was attended by representatives from the NYC headed by Commissioner James Ventura; Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc; INYDO, headed by Executive Director Weenter Ventura; and up to 40 student leaders from DepEd Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, and DepEd Batac.

NYC, INYDO pushes youth registration                                        

The Youth Organization Registration Program (YORP) of the NYC is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 8044 or the Youth Building Act which mandates the NYC to register help and facilitate the establishment of youth organizations and serving organizations through the national registration program.

YORP aims to establish an official communication network between youth and other youth development stakeholders for proper representation, official recognition, accreditation, and for participation in legal matters together with the NYC.

 "Nu adda iti projects or programs nga aggapu iti NYC, national or local man ket mairamraman amin nga agtutubo" said INYDO's Execuive Director, Mr. Weenter Ventura.

"Kung merong projects or programs na mula sa NYC, national or local man, ay marapat lamang na kasama lahat ng kabataan."

Governance for the youth, by the youth

Another objective of the "Dayalogo 2017" is to coordinate with DepEd in addressing the "incomprehensible and non-student centered" constitution and by-laws of a particular school's student government.

Addressing the issue, NYC Commissioner James Ventura proposed that students should be involved in drafting student body's constitution and other legalities since they are the prime stakeholders.

Commissioner Ventura reiterated "a government for the youth and by the youth."

NYC offers alternative for OSY

NYC responded on the issues concerning Out of School Youth (OSY) positing that alternative skills, knowledge sources, values formation, and reintegration programs should be provided to the OSY.

OSY are persons aged 15-25 who are not enrolled in school or have not finished secondary education.

"Let us encourage them to go back to school and learn skills." Commissioner Ventura said.

In line with NYC's objective, INYDO gears towards recognition of OSY organizations to guide and help them establish youth development programs. INYDO eyes promoting accessible community-based programs for OSY.

"Schooled youth is privileged regarding [youth] programs because of their network of connection to obtain information, unlike the OSY," Mr. Weenter Ventura added.

PGIN, headed by Governor Imee R. Marcos has been aggressive in supporting initiatives  for youth development through "Sirib Express", now the INYDO, 2015 awardee for Galling Pook Awards for Outstanding Local Government Program.

Since she took office in 2010, Governor Marcos, former chairperson of the Kabataang Barangay, benchmarked the "Sirib Express" which extended services to the youth, particularly granting scholarships and stipend to deserving students.

by Edison Justin Deus

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