DepEd Imus City, Stakeholders Join Hands For Abot-Alam Program
CITY OF IMUS, FLAG CAPITAL – The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Imus City, in partnership with the city government, conducted a soft launching of the DepEd’s Abot-Alam Program, a strategic framework that aims to have no Filipino youth left behind in education, on April 14 at Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi’s residence.
DepEd Imus City headed by Dr. Lualhati O. Cadavedo, OIC-SDS, and Ms. Feliz Tayao, division coordinator in Alternative Learning System (ALS), organized a forum to orient educational leaders, city department heads, city police and other government stakeholders about the national program.
Mr. Leon German Flores III, chairman and chief executive officer of the National Youth Commission (NYC) provided the important concepts and mechanisms about Abot-Alam which envisions “zero” out-of-school youth (OSY) in the Philippines by 2016 thru three phases: registration, integration and monitoring.
“Madami ng programa para sa mga OSY pero ang challenge ay hindi pa ito nabuo gaya ng pagsasama-sama ng mga stakeholders sa Abot-Alam. It would provide the necessary opportunities for OSY to start living a better life,” Flores III said.
Abot-Alam is a two-faced program implemented through a Barangay Targeting System and a Community Reintegration Program in an effort to unite OSY to their communities through programs and services offered by partner government agencies.
For the year 2014, the program targets to give education and livelihood skills to one million OSY in the country with Alternative Learning System (ALS) as main platform, the NYC chairman said.
Accordingly, a local government unit (LGU) is mandated to maintain a comprehensive database of OSY ages 15 to 30 within their respective jurisdictions.
City Mayor Maliksi, for his part, vowed to support the program implementation and assured the city government will provide means to meet or even exceed the target of mapping out or locating 825 OSY in the city’s 97 barangays.
Maliksi said he shares the same vision with Abot-Alam in eradicating OSY in Imus, valuing the importance of education and giving them a “real” chance.
“Kung hindi man ma-eradicate ang OSY, kahit papaano ay kumonti talaga ang mga ito. Kailangan talaga ay magsama-sama,” Maliksi said.
“We are here because we have the same desire,” City Councilor Eunice Ferriol, chairman on education, added.
DepEd Imus City is now starting to make announcements and information dissemination drive about Abot-Alam and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with partners from the public and private sectors is already being drafted.