December 15, 2012

Aquino Backs Productive Youth Plan

(POSTED ONLINE: November 24, 2012, 7:17pm)

MANILA, Philippines --- President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed support to the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) 1942 Joint Programme on Youth, Employment and Migration (JP YEM) at a youth gathering in Makati City Friday.

“It is wonderful to see international organizations and government agencies collaborate, together, we share the vision of equitable problem for all nations,” Aquino said in his keynote speech, which was delivered by Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldo, who spoke in behalf of the President.

The conference, dubbed as “Alternative to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth,” was developed in support of the Philippine government’s vision of a productive and competitive youth.

DOLE, the lead implementing partner, was provided technical support by the United Nations Country Team agencies – International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In a magazine report of JP YEM, the DOLE Secretary said that JP YEM’s approach in implementing its strategies is “to encourage the participation of all stakeholders in the process.”

“From the very start, the JP YEM’s goals were clear,” Baldoz added, citing that it aimed to help the government achieve its MDGs of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, of promoting gender equality and empowering women.

The three-year program targeted to improve the policy coherence and program implementation of youth employment and migration through full stakeholder participation; and to increase access to decent work for poor young men and women.

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