CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 31 (PIA)--To acquaint industries with the potentials of out-of-school youth, a hub-wide forum gathered USAID Opportunity 2.0’s (USAID O2) partners from the private establishments based in Mindanao.
The event tagged as “Upskilled and Ready: An Agile Workforce for the Economic Reboot” is conducted to inform the private establishments that out-of-school youth are upskilled and ready workers. They are trained in various interventions through Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and skills training under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and thus, they are helpful for businesses as economy opens and starts rebuilding and revitalizing.
Moreover, the forum also brought out-of-school youth closer to the actual scene of employment. USAID O2 is partnering with private sector in implementing their plans, programs and projects.
The forum featured a session flow that opened series of topics in relation to the importance of having technically competent and highly adaptable workforce as the country bounces back from the effects of COVID-19 health crisis.
Speaker and Integrated Communications Strategist Eugene Claravall explained the values and common truths of the current young generation or Generation Z, where the out-of-school youth belong.
2.9M of Philippines’ total population is out-of-school youth. This population is a group of young dreamers and are striving for a better future. They want to be always present and be connected and desired their parents to respect their voices. They also believe that happiness is a personal design, a choice and happy life is a fulfilling life. Thus, one should choose to be happy. Gen Zs believe in the mantra, “Kaya ko ‘to! G lang nang G with all negativities around.” Gen Zs are also resilient, the kind of attitude that will not easily surrender.
Generation Z people also cling to the idea that family is eternal. For them, optimism is fueled by faith, hope and salvation
“Diskarte, lakas ng loob, sipag at sakripisyo are means to realize dreams… and Generation Z are also known for “Malasakit” (Strategies, courage and sacrifices are means to realize dreams. Generation Z are also known for Malasakit, the feeling of treating others as their family),” Claravall shared, implying that businesses could take advantage of these admirable traits of youth by training and eventually employing them.
On the other hand, another event speaker, Dr. Carl Balita of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed that the youth and even the general public is experiencing the challenges of a “VUCA World.”
VUCA is a modern term and abbreviation that means volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He said that people are in the time and place of “Volatility” where things change rapidly. There is “Uncertainty” and everyone are already unclear about the present. The world is as well bombarded with “Complexity,” where people are faced with multiple key decision factors. Finally, in a VUCA World, there is “Ambiguity.” There is a lack of clarity about meanings.
Piling to these are difficulties brought about by the pandemic like closure of businesses, unemployment, overwhelmed economics and virus scare, among others. People are pressed down, he said.
Balita suggested that in order for a person to manage every difficulty, he must turn around meaning of VUCA which is having a vision, achieving understanding, clarity and being agile. He said that having agility is a key factor of an individual for him to be a good contributor to a business in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. Being agile is the ability to adapt quickly with change, grow aligned with the vision, innovate customer-centrism, learn to learn and execute collaboratively.
The forum also featured success stories of Filipino youth under USAID, presentation of Opportunity 2.0 interventions and a panel discussion.
Opportunity 2.0 is a P1.9 billion program, funded by United States Agency for International Development that will improve education, employment and livelihood outcomes for out-of-school youth across 12 cities in the country until 2025. (IJBD/PIA10)
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