Practical skills training offered to out of school youth

This year, 1,263 trainees so far have completed the practical skills training offered by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to the youth of the province. Some 530 of them are already in an open employment while 279 are still looking for job opportunities.

PSWDO Assistant OIC Rose Jao said that the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) Cebu Chapter together with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offers a practical skills training that include basic electronics and mobile phone repair, electric arc welding, photographic silkscreen printing, beauty care and basic spa services, hi-speed sewing and garments, food processing and automotive mechanic.

The program also offers livelihood trainings and drug awareness seminar.

The PSWDO of Cebu established PYAP program in the municipalities and component cities for the youth of the province ages 15 to 24 years old.

PYAP is a program for youth that is geared towards the total development of the disadvantaged youth in terms of physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, cultural, and social development.

The goal of PYAP is to promote the development of the out of school youth to become self-reliant, economically productive and socially responsible citizens.

The program will also strengthen the basic social, moral and cultural values, enhance social functioning, and develop human responsibility of the youth for the betterment of his family and community.

In order to be a member of the program, one needs to sign up a form in the barangay hall of their respective barangays. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office will notify them.

In a related development, the regional federation of PYAP will meet on Sept. 4 to 5. Included in its agenda are sharing of best practices from the different LGUs and the strengthening of the Unlad Kabataan Program (UKP). There will also be an election on the new set of officers of the Regional Federation of PYAP.