Abot-Alam is a convergence program under the Cabinet’s Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) that envisions a Zero OSY Philippines. Through the collective effort of national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, the private sector, and community-based groups, Abot-Alam aims to map out all country’s out-of-school youth aged 15 to 30 and match them with appropriate government or civil society programs that will give them opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

The success of Abot-Alam will depend on four things: a comprehensive database on the out-of-school youth generated on the community level which contains specific individual information such as names, birthdates, addresses, highest educational attainment, reasons for being out of school, etc.; a wide range of programs that will respond to the diverse of the out-of-school youth, programs that can be tweaked or modified to make them more appropriate, responsive and accessible to the OSY; a multi-sectoral alliance on the local level consisting of the local government, barangay leaders, DepEd, other government agencies, civil society organizations, civic groups, companies and business associations, and community-based groups that agree to work together to map out all the OSYs in their area and pool their resources and programs together to address the needs of the OSYs; and the participation of the ordinary citizen, who adopts as his/her personal mission the task of ensuring that at least one OSY gets access to this opportunity being provided by Abot-Alam.

Here are the possible ways by which you or different organizations and individuals can take part in Abot-Alam:

  • Governors or Congressional Representatives
  • Mayors
  • Barangay Chairpersons
  • National Government Agencies
  • CSOs or NGOs
  • Companies or Business Associations
  • Media
  • Individuals/Ordinary Citizens

Contributor:
Ariel D. Cañete
Abucay District ALS Coordinator

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