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Livelihood project to transform OSYs into social entrepreneurs

| by: Lee De la Cerna

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Youth Commission recently held a network development workshop for the out-of-school youth under the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) last November 18, 2014.

The workshop was also supported with Enfants du Mekong (EDM) Entrepreneurs, The Dream Project, Dela Salle University-College of St. Benilde Manila, and Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Vocation Center.

The workshop helped establish the youth network among the identified youth groups in the seven municipalities and three cities in the province, including Lilo-an, Compostela, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Danao, Talisay, Minglanilla and Naga.

The cities and municipalities were selected through identification of their organizational programmatic features, analysis of the youth situations and formulation of a development plan at the local, cluster and district level.

During the workshop, the PSWDO and PYC conceptualized a comprehensive and sustainable livelihood project for OSY-PYAP called PITCH YES. It is a unique concept for a livelihood project that is strength-based, youth-oriented, outcome-based and sustainable.

It aims to transform out-of-school youth into young social entrepreneurs, help them develop their own products and services and equip them with the capabilities to operate their business establishments.

“It is important for young entrepreneurs to learn more about handling business and developing their own skills through their experiences,” said Christopher Monera, educator of Don Bosco Boys’ Home and Vocation Center in Lilo-an Cebu during the product presentation of the network development workshop.

Monera is a mentor of the product called “Lampara Ng Pag-asa,” a lampshade that is made up of coconut. He explained that the product was inspired by the features of the coconut, the main crop of Barangay Cotcot in Lilo-an, Cebu. The husk can be used as a lampshade.

He added that he will implement the production of the lampshade to the out-of-school youth in Barangay Cotcot so that he can help them as their means of living in the place.

Cookies from Catmon were also presented during the product presentation of the seminar.

“A sumptuous delicacy that made Catmonanons proud and one of the best delicacies in the Philippines, the ‘unKabogable Cookies,’ will surely make you smile,” said Maria Nona Patingo, Catmon Youth Focal Person.

PYAP Danao City Chapter is also proud of their own Kasahus, the Kara beef Kasahus. The Kasahus are among the many popular products that Danao City offers to local visitors.

Talisay City and Minglanilla showcased their travel adventure services. The Talisay City offers a tour package called KastAway Tours, a way to discover the beauty of Talisay.

From Minglanilla, they have their caving package for tourists and visitors wanting to see the municipality’s beautiful caves.

Naga City offers the “HealKies” that is made up of sweet potato cookies and with packaging made out of coconut leaves.

Coco Bag, a bag which is made of coconut leaves was presented by the PYAP Carmen chapter.

PYAP Lilo-an also brought their product called Maca-Lilo (Macaroons in Lilo-an) while

Compostela presented their Empanadita (sweet potato filling with Queseo dip).

Meanwhile, PSWDO has committed to sustain the implementation of ntrepreneurship program for the OSYs in the province.

The Cebu provincial government allocated Php 2.6 million budget for the livelihood project of the PYAP members in the province.

The program aims to teach OSYs basic skills for food and product services as a livelihood opportunity.

In spite of indications of economic recovery and growth, many young people have yet to achieve economic progress. They need adequate preparation, skills, and resources to generate or earn a sustainable income. The program is open for all OSYs residing in the province of Cebu.