Forum to avert crisis in youth unemployment set

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As graduation time comes again, another batch of dynamic, hopeful young people are added to the country’s labor force.

What employment opportunities await this new batch of graduates?

In a country where official figures indicate that the number of unemployed in the country totalled to 2.859 million in 2010 and 2.814 persons in 2011 of which the youth sector or the 15-24 age group dominates the unemployed persons comprising 50.4% of the total unemployed.

Compounding the problem of unemployment is also the issue of underemployment in the country. According to National Statistics Office (NSO) report, the number of unemployed persons in 2011 rose by almost half a million to reach 7.163 million.  Underemployment rate was at 19.3% in 2011 from 18.8% in 2010.

What about the out-of-school youths, those who never had the chance to get college education, what future employment awaits them?

What can be done to help avert the looming youth unemployment crisis?

A forum that seeks to promote youth employment by sharing good practices, establish venue for interaction among young people, and strengthen youth employment action and partnership in the county is set this Thursday, 29 March 2012.

WHAT:

“Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan:  Marangal na Trabaho para sa Kabataan Matatagpuan”

A Youth Employment Forum

WHERE: 

Bayview Park Hotel Manila, 1118 Roxas Boulevard corner United Nation Avenue, Manila

WHEN:

Thursday, 29 March 2012

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

WHO:

To render the welcome message is Department of Labor and Employment Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Chit Cilindro while International Labor Organization Country Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson will render the keynote message.

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The Youth Development Plan Framework will be presented by National Youth Commission Chairperson Leon Flores III while Prof. Alvin Ang will discuss the Draft National Action Plan.

The synthesis/call to action will be presented by Commissioner Gio Tiongson, Youth Employment.

Seventy five (75) youth leaders and representatives from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and around fifty (50) representatives from the government, academe, private sector, trade unions, employers and civil society organizations are expected to attend.

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