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Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

Vermicomposting is a technology that transforms degradable wastes and manure into high quality organic fertilizer using earthworms. Compost generated from the process reduces the need for pesticide because this method allows nutrients to be readily absorbed by the plant and remain intact in the soil. Such was the vision of the Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, when members ventured into their Vermicomposting Project.

When Catuguing representative Ric Salviejo started talking about African Nightcrawlers before a panel of judges, no one knew what they were. Not until he explained that these were a species of earthworms used for composting that the puzzled looks went away. Despite his shy demeanor, it was apparent that Ric knew everything about the project by heart from the details of how to breed these earth creatures to the bigger scope of the project’s impact on the community— displaying knowledge that can only be gained from being dedicatedly hands-on.

What’s the Story?

The Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club’s vermicomposting project started out when 2 members attended a training seminar conducted by the Department of Agriculture at the University Training Center in Batac City. From this, the club set up 3 vermi-beds as assistance from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management came in the form of 1 shredding machine, 2 compost tea brewers and 15 kilograms African Night Crawlers for breeding. The first set of compost material, or vermi-casts, successfully produced was used in the youth club’s Dragon Cactus production and Bio-Intensive Garden projects.

As a favorable outcome, high demand for organic fertilizer now provides stable income for members of the youth club. Farmers in the area are now inclined to use this type of fertilizer instead of buying other brands. In addition to this, the zero waste management program of the community is supported since degradable wastes are collected and utilized in vermicomposting.

Recognition and Success

Proof of their hard work and important contributions, the Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Farmers Organization on the municipal, provincial and regional levels.

Garnering a 20,000 peso grant as a TAYO 8 national finalist, the youth club also bagged the Gawad Kabataang Agri Pinoy for Luzon. This award given by the Department of Agriculture also comes with a 25,000 peso grant that will be used to further the youth club’s initiatives in their self-sufficiency programs.

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Ateneo Task Force 2010

Ateneo Task Force 2010 or ATF 2010 is a project that was launched through the combined efforts of 3 main organizations within the Ateneo de Manila University— the Sanggunian, Ateneo Residents Association (ARSA), and Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA). Spearheaded by the Sanggunian, the project focuses on student/youth involvement during last year’s National Elections.

During the TAYO 8 National Finals, Kenneth Isaiah Abante, then Secretary General of the SANGGUNIAN, explained that ATF 2010 aimed to “break institutional barriers.” When asked to share a quotation for his presentation before a panel judges, she shared one that expressed what their efforts meant— “It’s your country. Your elections. Your time to build the nation.”

What’s the Story?

Preparing for the National Elections served as the main driving force of ATF 2010. Satellite registrations were held in and out the Ateneo while forums were organized to promote voter’s education. Presidential candidates were invited as guest speakers while activities like Wear Your Candidate’s Color Day and mock elections were done to increase awareness and participation. And to strengthen these efforts, exhaustive documentation and surveying were performed for possible future replication or transfer of technology.

Fifty core volunteers guided the project through its four phases, with the 4th and final phase being the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay Elections. The program was supported by partners like the COMELEC, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Ayala Young Leaders Assembly, National Youth Commission (NYC) and Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). As a result, more Ateneans were able to register to vote as well as engage in partisan work campaigning for their chosen candidates. On the day of the elections, they also participated in bantay balota operations and reported anomalies.

Recognition and Success

The idea of involving students in the electoral process is simple but also a multifaceted mammoth task— this was the challenge for the members of the ATF 2010. But they persevered and continue to persevere in the belief that vigilance is not only to engage youth voters known for being apathetic, but to hold elected officials accountable for the promises they made.

As an entry placing as a TAYO 8 National Finalist, ATF 2010 truly embodies the spirit of cooperation, teamwork, and unity. It displays the dynamism of the youth and shatters the image of a generation of apathetic youth.

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Association of Locally Empowered Youth – Northern Mindanao

Creating Change Through: Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project

Clean water and proper sanitation is a common problem in marginal areas here in the Philippines. A common solution, however, is not always as simple when the area of concern is beyond the reach of conventional modes of transportation. But this did not deter the Association of Locally Empowered Youth – Northern Mindanao (ALEY-NM) in taking on the Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project.

Hailing from Misamis Oriental, ALEY observed how the lack of water in upland marginal areas, such as Libertad, Initao and Manticao, make health and sanitation take the back seat. The little water that farmers obtain from far-off creeks isn’t enough for traditional flush toilets, much more for a proper sewage system. For this reason, ALEY members decided to turn things around by building arborloo ecological sanitation toilets; creating EcoPee, which is the collection of urine to be used as fertilizer; and storing rainwater for household use.

Mary Grace Maboloc, ALEY’s representative to the 8th TAYO Search, expressed that seeing the hardship in her community and how families struggle to survive is what pushed her to volunteer and become a member of the organization. She describes her fellow members as “willing to experience new things, motivated, and unstoppable.”

What’s the Story?

ALEY was originally organized by local youth leaders from 8 barrios and a Belgian volunteer. Under the Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project, ALEY has established a seedling nursery, raising 3200 seedlings; and has conducted a vegetable gardening project using EcoPee which translates to 120 home gardens producing an average of 300 grams of vegetables a day.

Furthermore, local families have been successfully oriented to the use of the arborloo toilets. Simply put, arborloo toilets are makeshift portalets designed and strategically positioned to fit the needs of families in the area. Hitting two birds with one stone, this simple yet innovative technique solves the problem of waste disposal for the environment as well teaches the families the value of hygiene to one’s health.

By means ofs “farm, non-farm, and off-farm livelihood projects, training, and networking activities”, ALEY members were able to educate stakeholders on proper hygiene, recycling, and water conservation while adapting to the needs of the community. They showed that, with sufficient research and the right attitude, there isn’t a problem too difficult to take on.

Recognition and Success

ALEY’s hard work does not go unnoticed. Besides besting more than a hundred other contenders as a TAYO 8 National Finalist,  the organization is also the recipient of the Gawad Kabataang Agri Pinoy, along with 25,000 pesos, awarded by the Department of Agriculture for their innovative and self-sufficient project on food security.

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Pro Drop-Out Reduction Program (PRO-DORP) Team Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

Chain of Change (Education): Although the DepEd has a plan to eradicate school drop-outs, it takes initiative to actually do it. The PRO-DORP Team locate drop out students and identify their reasons for leaving school. The causes may be either family problems, malnutrition from lack of food or funds that lead to early entry in the labor force. The organization finds ways to bring them back by systematically attacking the problem from its source.

Linked Up!: Department of Education

The TAYO Connection: The principal of schools encouraged PRO-DORP Team resident Alwin Luarez to join TAYO based on the effect their program had in eradicating the reasons why students drop out of school. They also showed the OSYs that great things can be achieved no matter where you are, how old you are or how little you have.

Alwin highly values education because he says he could not be where he is today without it. Thus, he will search the ends of his community to bring the youth back to school. As a teacher and lover of statistics, he found out the alarming drop-out rate detected was with a 15.28% high in the school year 2003-2004 in their only high-school, Cantilan National High School, with a population of 1,013 students. As a response to this unsettling reality, the PRO-DORP TEAM formally set-up the Reach-Out, Not Drop-Out Program in 2007 which addressed the individual issues hindering students from staying in school.  The PRO-DORP Team identified four factors where the students’ decision to drop out originate: Family (F), Individual (I), Community (C), and School (S), which they termed the FICS Factors.

Four sub-programs, namely Suporta Mo Kinabukasan Ko, Feed My Brain, Maglaro at Mag-Usap Tayo, and EmpATHY, were formulated based on the components family, individual, community, and school respectively.

Representatives for each sub-programs discovered valuable information on why students kept dropping out.  Representatives for the Suporta Mo Kinabukasan Ko found that 80% of the students could not pay miscellaneous fees on time and they responded by scouting for sponsors. Through Feed My Brain, the problem of poor comprehension because of malnutrition was countered with a feeding program. Maglaro at Mag-usap Tayo addressed the presence in-campus gangs by intensifying school activities and group counseling. For EmpATHY or Empower the Teachers to Help the Young, they realized that teachers also needed to address the personal/emotional problems of these underprivileged youth through counseling.

This multi-approach galvanized the participation of various sectors of the community to do their share to counter the problem. Local bakeries supplied breads for the feeding program. Alumni sponsors willingly gave money to pay for students’ fees. Parents and teachers alike made sure that the school environment is conducive to learning and that students always have a listening ear whenever they have problems.

As of the school year 2009 to 2010, the drop-out rate has been successfully reduced to 1.87%, a staggering 13% difference from 2003-2004. Positive results and improvement of the students push the PRO-DORP Team, aiming for a 0% drop-out rate by 2015.

Converting the TAYO prize:
The group aims to reallocate the prize in their different programs.

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Pochon Maanichar Centennial Batch Association, Inc. Mayoyao, Ifugao

•  Coke Barkada Award

Chain of Change (Environment, Entrepreneurship): The thousand-year-old rice terraces are deteriorating in Ifugao because of migration of farmers to flat land that is easier to cultivate. This may result in the revocation of its UNESCO World Heritage listing. The problem affects the people around it as well, as residents dependent on income from the terraces were also struggling. This led to the creation of the organization.

Linked Up!: Batchmates from Assumption Academy in Mayoyao
The  TAYO Connection: Josh Nalliw met a TAYO 6 winner during a seminar in the U.S. She was encouraged to take the lead and sign up TAYO.

In 2005, a number of high school alumni of Assumption Academy in Mayoyao decided to pro-actively work towards the development of the community in terms of income generation and the preservation of culture surrounding the rice terraces. Hence, the Pochon Maanichar Centennial Batch Association, Inc. was born. (Pochon is the Ifugao term for peace pact while Maanichar means alert and active.)

The migration of some resident farmers to nearby flat lands led to the deterioration not only of the rice terraces but the rice farming culture as well. A lot of the Ifugao traditions were grounded on the planting and harvesting seasons.

As a response, the Mayoyao Eco-Cultural Tours was conceived. It aims to help the community engage in income-generating activities, conserve remaining rice terraces systems as well as preserve traditional practices within the ancestral domain.

The project aims to promote the Mayoyao Terraces not just as a scenic spot, but as a working agricultural area as well. The tours operate with the natural rice cycle to showcase an authentic experience. They are held twice a year, particularly during rice planting (January-February) and harvesting (June-July), allowing tourists to participate in either planting or harvesting.

Tourists get to trek through the landscape, learn about the construction of native houses, and witness cultural performances. In turn, the host community earns through fees given to tour guides, caterers, lodge-owners, performers and the Indigenous Knowledge Holders.

The project not only helps the tourists understand the culture, but help the younger residents learn the intricacies as well. As most of their youth live and study in other areas, they are not as exposed to their heritage. The enactment of the planting and harvest rituals annually allows them to embrace their roots and understand the aspects of their culture that they may know only peripherally.

Though the organization markets the project for ecotourism, they also limit the number of guests that they receive per cycle to 50. This is to allow the tourism operators to have a viable means of income, but not to the point of commercializing the operations.

Converting the TAYO prize: The organization hopes to use the prize to perpetuate the implementation of the project and help the community.

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Pagaypay 4-H Club. Brgy. Pagaypay, Passi City, Iloilo

Chain of Change (Entrepreneurship): Where you invest your money affects your return on investment. Pagaypay 4-H Club is teaching out-of-school youth to be entrepreneurs and place their fate on more stable business, one that leads them close to home.

Linked Up!: Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology

The TAYO Connection: The organization’s influence on OSYs was recognized by the community and the DOST, who pushed them to apply for the TAYO Search.

The Pagaypay 4-H Club is a community-based organization in Barangay Pagaypay, Passi City, Iloilo. The 4 Hs stand for using your heart, head, hands, and health for the community.

You understand that they use all 4 Hs in this project. As the local community shun out of school youth for gambling or lazing about in the streets, Pagaypay members use their hearts to embrace these OSYs and help them with their heads. The outcome was to divert them from leaving their fates to cards of fortune and give them livelihood. And with a helping hand for service, 4-H extended their help in starting an on-going livelihood project that aims to alleviate the economic situation of their members and families.

With the assistance of the Agricultural Training Institute and the West Visayas State University, they have opened to their members the access to Swine Raising and Native Chicken Dispersal through an easy to pay scheme in acquiring pigs and chickens. These programs will allow them to raise their own livestock for personal consumption and livelihood.

Yet, the focus of their program is the unique Pineapple Wine Processing. The program started after 5 members participated in a Fruit Processing Training conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). From a starting capital of only one thousand pesos (1000Php) and a production of 25 bottles sold at the price of P180 per bottle, they earned P3,500. They rolled their earnings to expand the project.

The innovativeness of the product, its good quality and visibility in agricultural fairs and exhibits has gained balikbayans and foreign tourists as patrons.

Among the organizations accomplishments are the 2007 Gawad Saka National Award as the Most Outstanding Young Farmers Organization of the Philippines and the 2006 Most Outstanding Young Farmer of the Province award for one of its members.

When before their members were just out-of-school youth looking for something to occupy their time with, they now are able to help their parents earn a living. They no longer need to go to the city to find work, since the organization gives them economic opportunities. Some were even able to finance their return to school on their own.

Converting the TAYO prize: The group will be investing their prize on further developing their pineapple wine product to meet the standards of the export market.

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Pag-asa Youth Association-Talisay City Chapter Talisay City, Cebu

•    Department of Agriculture Special Award

•    Department of Social Welfare and Development Special Award

Chain of Change (Environment): The organization not only lessened the flooding in the barangay, but also mobilized volunteers among the out-of-school youth for the construction of the project

Linked Up!: Local Barangay and Local Engineer Lee Consul

The TAYO Connection: PYA Talisay Chapter entered a different project for TAYO 7, where they became a finalist.  The members were challenged upon hearing that TAYO was a tough and rigorous competition. They further pushed to apply as their chapter was voted to join TAYO by their main association.

PYA Talisay literally dug and built up their organization to qualify to the prestigious ten with their Ground Permeability Enhancer (GPE) project.  This will alleviate flooding in its location, at the same time replenishing the water table.

This is the idea behind the GPE: Dig a hole deep enough to reach the sandy part of the soil and wide enough to accommodate the wide circumference of the structure. Build a pyramid of hollow blocks inside the hole. Fill up the hole with soil. Theoretically if water enters the porous soil, it will pass through the holes of the hollow blocks into the sandy area of the land, then the underground aquifer.

Their organization was recommended by the DSWD to local engineer Lee Consul, who was then looking for a youth organization to partner with in building the first GPEs in their area.

The group endorsed the idea to the heads of two identified barangays: Sitio Minggoy and Sitio Mangga.  Three pilot areas were identified as sites for the structures.

The OSY members became the manpower needed to build the structures. They dug holes, picked up and assembled the hollow block pyramid and hauled soil until the structures were stable enough to walk over.

Initially the group was skeptical about the effects of the GPE.  Upon finishing the first structure, they anticipated a downpour.  They immediately noticed the creation of a mini-whirlpool in the puddle of water that formed over the GPE. They noticed that the usual knee-deep flood in the area now reached ankle deep only. Residents report that not only are their homes flood-free, they have noticed that their water pump handles were heavier, indicating higher water pressure.

Their members that provided the labor in the construction of the GPEs were given honoraria. The residents in the area were happy with the decrease in the flood levels. Other barangays in Talisay City and other locations in Cebu who have heard of the project are now looking forward to the creation of GPEs in their own low-lying areas.

Converting the TAYO prize: PYA aims to save the prize money for the administration of their group. Also, they will use it to educate OSYs for entrepreneurship and fund their small snack businesses like munchkins and yema-making.

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Mandaya Tribal Youth Organization (MTYO) Mebatas, Upper Ulip, Monkayo, Compostela Valley

Chain of Change (Entrepreneurship): Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime and this case that you have fed a community. The Fishpond Production Project has given more benefits other than fish.

Linked Up!:
Department of Labor and Employment; Department of Agriculture.

Things were looking up for the Mandaya tribe when they were granted their ancestral domain claim.  Unfortunately, the area held no other viable livelihood opportunities except for mining, which proved to be a dangerous occupation for the Mandaya men. Exposure to the harsh working conditions in the mines has even shortened the life of the president of the MTYO, who died at the age of 32 from complications related to his lung ailment.

They also had limited access to education. If they had the money, the nearest school was still kilometers away.

The MTYO decided to help their fellow Mandaya raise money for their education through their Intensive Offshore Fish Production Project, which provides a source of needed protein for Mandaya tribe members and cheaper commodities to the other residents of the outlying area. They raised tilapia, African hito, and Taiwan clams through off-shore production by fish-cage culture. They were able to tap the underutilized communal waters of the area.

Initially, these out-of-school tribal youth ventured out with a project in the face of a critically endangered environment and massive poverty. After gaining some training from agricultural offices and a loan from the Department of Labor and Employment, MTYO worked with 2 hectares of land awarded by their tribal chieftain.

Following the successful run of the livelihood program, they received 8 more hectares from Datu Latiban. After securing financial assistance from provincial and municipal offices, this resulted to the planting of a total of 1800 hills of Mahogany, Falcata, Banana, Rubber and high value fruit trees.

These projects greatly affect the lives of the organization’s members and their families, and peripherally their families.  Because of the empowerment they receive from the trainings and the livelihood opportunities provided to them by the organization, MTYO members are looking forward to a future that will allow them to stay in their ancestral lands while earning a decent living.

In 2008, MTYO received the Gawad Saka Outstanding Young Farmers Organization Award. True examplars of self-reliance and faith in one’s abilities, these youngsters showed that great things can be achieved no matter where you are, how old you are or how little you have.

Converting the TAYO prize: The MTYO hopes to expand their enterprises to provide a more stable source of income to more members of their community.

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Education Revolution Movement (EdRev Movement) Brgy. San Jose Patag, Sta. Maria, Bulacan

Chain of Change (Education): The chain of change usually comes from the elders guiding the young. EdRev Movement proves revolutionary in that aspect, that the youth can educate the generation before them as well. They are proving that an old dog can learn new tricks indeed.
Linked Up!:  Department of Education

The TAYO Connection: Through a National Youth Commission meeting with student officers in Bulacan, EdRev VP Cherwin Ramos learned about TAYO through its posters.

The Education Revolution Movement (EdRev) was conceived by a group of college students from Sta. Maria, Bulacan, who lived in an area with one of the biggest population of out of school youth in the province. They decided to push for Alternative Learning System (ALS) classes as a response.

Their desire was born out of one of the founders being an OSY for 9 years, an experience that badly affected his life. His more fortunate friends became grateful for the private education that they received and decided to share it with the community. Their efforts lead to the establishment of the Education Crave Project that aims to address the problem of the growing number of OSY in the area.

Initially, it was focused solely on the OSYs, but soon some parents and grandparents in the community were also hopeful of fulfilling their dreams of getting a college diploma. It became a testament of the concept “Education for All”.

EdRev enlisted the help of DepEd and their Barangay Council to assist in their mission. They solicited donations in cash and in kind and benefited from the support of an international school in the area. Furthermore, they injected a more personalized approach to existing teaching modules by assigning 1 instructor per subject and modifying difficulty to suit the abilities of the learner.

At 8th TAYO Area Finals, Cherwin spoke of the lack education as a root problem for the underprivileged. He explained that he believes focusing on education is a way of responding to other problems like poverty, unemployment, and delinquency.

They have conducted three batches of learners for the Education Crave project already. Their learners range from 22 to 75 years old. For the first batch alone, out of the 81 learners, 15 got their high school diploma. 8 are currently enrolled in college.

When before, their barangay was plagued by OSYs and a growing hopelessness due to lack of access to education, the barangay now boasts of a newly-constructed hall where EdRev can hold their ALS classes. Not bad for an organization which started barely 2 years ago.

Converting the TAYO prize: They plan to upgrade their training room for OSYs.

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Cebu’s youth get ready for the rainy days

Angelo G. Garcia
Manila Bulletin
January 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Last year, the country experienced extreme heat in summer, up to the first few months of the rainy season. This caused crop fields and water reservoirs all over the country to dry up.

Fortunately, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country will experience a wetter year in 2011. The summer season will just be a month while the wet season will run through most of the year.

With this forecast, the weather bureau has advised the people to prepare and expect more rains, but hopefully not too much to cause flooding, which has been a cyclic problem in this country.

However, there is one group of young people that has prepared way ahead of the rest of us. The Pag-asa Youth Association (PYA) of Talisay, Cebu has provided a simple solution to the flooding problem besetting their adopted barangays in their hometown of Talisay, Cebu.

The solution, called Ground Permeability Enhancer (GPE), is actually made of special hollow blocks put on top of one another to form a pyramid and installed underground to increase the ground’s ability to absorb water.

“When the rainy season came, we documented its effectiveness. We noticed that it’s really effective because in less than five minutes, the water was absorbed, covering almost the whole area. We also interviewed the residents what the effects were and they said the floodwater does not go inside their houses anymore,” shares 23-year-old, Rex Villavelez, a science teacher and president of the PYA Talisay.

With GPE, the residents also observed that water supply coming from the ground is now easily replenished.

“According to one resident, mas mabigat na raw and pump ng poso, indicating that the supply of water from underneath is rising. These testimonials are not from the organization but from the beneficiaries of the project we’re doing. We were also surprised,” Villavelez admits.

This simple solution that carries a big impact on the community is the reason why PYA won in the recent Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO).

Simple yet impactful

PYA worked in partnership with local engineer Lee Consul who conceptualized and designed the GPE. PYA members and volunteers, in turn, served as presenters to local officials and construction workers to show them the advantages and sustainability of the GPE system. They started the GPE project in 2009 in a few barangays in Talisay.

“The engineer was looking for a youth group to help in the project. DSWD recommended us. So we gathered all our officers from all the barangays of the city of Talisay and he introduced the project. Engineer Lee presented the project — what must be done, what are the benefits, how it would work,” explains Villavelez.

PYA officers endorsed the project to barangay captains. Since the barangay would only spend P5,000 per structure, Villavelez says that it was not difficult to convince them.

“So that’s how the organization was able to mobilize this project. The organization served as the motivator, we really pushed for it. What we’re thinking was, di ba may baha sa inyo at gusto ninyo mabawasan ‘yan, heto ang solusyon, magtulungan tayo,’’ he relates.

PYA volunteers built three of these pyramid structures in areas covered by Sitio Minggoy and Sitio Mangga. The workers dig a hole in the ground until they reach the sandy part of the soil. Hollow blocks are then placed in a conical shape into the hole and are covered by rocks and soil. The spaces in between blocks and the hollow center act as channels where water can enter and be evenly distributed. The sandy bottom then easily absorbs the water.

“The water gathers in one area and forms a vortex, talaga inaabsorb ang water. We were not expecting for it to be that effective. Ang gawain talaga dito dapat ipaalam sa ibang barangay kung saan malaki ang incidence ng flooding. Kahit community lang, mag-ambagan sila puwede nang gawin ang proyekto na ito. It can be replicated anywhere, which is a good thing about this project,” Villavelez adds.

Empowering OSYs

The PYA Talisay was established through the Unlad Kabataan Program of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) in 2002. The organization was then re-established in 2007, which also reignited their projects for out-of-school youths (OSYs).

The nature of the organization is to create projects for OSYs that empower them to get involved and participate in their communities through trainings and workshops. Currently, the organization has roughly 1,200 members and operates in all the 22 barangays in Talisay.

“We develop potential leaders and they also bring other OSYs with them into the projects and activities like tree-planting, seminars, etc. We give OSYs avenues for development, wherein they can achieve something
despite being not in school,” he says.

Most of the officers of PYA are OSYs themselves, with ages ranging from 15 to 24 years old. Through PYA, many OSYs have gone back to school, either formally or through the Alternative Learning System.

Because of its outstanding performance, PYA gets P200,000 from the DSWD for their projects. They have also helped their members get jobs, with around 40 PYA members now working for the local government of Talisay.

With their TAYO win, there is just no stopping PYA from doing what its needs to do. With steady support from the government and the community they work in, PYA has a long way to go, with more young people rolling up their sleeves to work and be of help.

Source:  Manila Bulletin

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