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THE PHILIPPINE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND THE FILIPINO YOUTH

MAY 4, 2018 - The National Youth Commission (NYC) would like to inform the Filipino youth more about the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) and its importance.

According to the National Youth Commission, one of the hardest things to accomplish is to accurately relay the importance of the PYDP to the youth and the role that it will play in accomplishing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The SDGs, formerly the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs, is a plan comprised of goals, both formerly in the MDGs and newly added, that are expected to be accomplished by the year 2030.

The goals under the SDGs are:
  • No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Good Health and Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Reduced Inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  • Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Climate Action  - Take urgent action to combat climate change  and its impacts
  • Life Below Water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Life on Land - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degredation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (source: ecohz.com)
To contribute to this, the Philippine National Youth Development Plan has included nine categories that are in line with the SDGs called the Centers of Participation.

These categories are:
  • Health
  • Education
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Social Inclusion and Equity
  • Peace-Building and Security
  • Governance
  • Active Citizenship
  • Environment
  • Global Mobility
NYC OIC Chairman Ronald Cardema states that the PYDP emphasizes on the role of the youth in nation-building; and that it seeks to connect all activities, programs, and projects of the branches of the government and civil society organizations related to the youth in order to accomplish the 2022 Social Development Agenda of the Duterte Administration.

The PYDP indicates the duties, responsibilities, actions, and obligations of the local and national government to assure that the needs of the youth  and their economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights will be given of importance.

OIC Chair Cardema has also added that the participation of the youth can be assessed through attendance, involvement, and engagement in youth policies, programs, and projects.

The Philippine Youth Development Plan can be read here.

You can also read about the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Development Programme website.

In order to read more about the PYDP, you can visit the National Economic and Development Authority website.