(November 30, 2015 -Digos City, Davao del Sur)
Are the youth still the hope of the future?
The National Youth Assessment Study for the years 2016-2020 is seeking to answer that very question.
The National Youth Commission (NYC), with funding from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is launching a nationwide assessment of youth conditions. Reaching its final legs in Mindanao, the third-party facilitators from the Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA) conducted its Davao del Sur provincial field survey at the SP Session Hall of Digos City. The study gathered dozens of National Government Agencies and youth advocates in the Davao del Sur province to answer important issues affecting local youth. The study seeks to identify issues on four selected thematic areas: employment, education, participation and health.
The NYC, created by Republic Act (RA) No. 8044, is mandated to conduct a national study on the “Situation of the Youth in the Philippines” aimed to identify “priority needs, prevailing attitudes and values of the youth, the existing services, and the gaps in services delivery of the basic needs of youth”. Considering the technicalities of conducting a scientific research, the NYC decided to engage the expertise of IDEA, to conduct the said study using the participatory research approach.
The survey is timely as the Filipino youth are an increasing demographic accounting for nearly 40 percent of the population. The rising numbers of FIlipinos aged between 15- 30 are worrying government planners in how effectively address issues of millennials in the coming decades as they transition to a productive adulthood. The agency believes that the wisdom and insights gathered will enable policymakers to conduct a more encompassing and inclusive study, which in turn will help the Government develop more responsive policies for the youth.
The next legs of the survey is scheduled in Metro Davao later this December. The compilation of the Philippine-wide assessment is scheduled to be released this January 2016.