ILOILO CITY — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the Iloilo City government’s initiatives for out-of-school youth through its USAID Opportunity 2.0 program.
This was made official after Mayor Jerry Treñas recently signed an executive order creating the Iloilo City Youth Development Alliance (ICYDA) which will work with the non-profit Education Development Center (EDC). profit based in the United States.
“ICYDA’s vision is to become a vibrant alliance that empowers out-of-school youth as agents of change, peace and development in Iloilo City,” Treñas said.
Through the multi-sectoral ICYDA, key city government decision makers and stakeholders will be able to develop policies and programs that benefit marginalized youth in Ilonggo. This includes continuing education, employment or entrepreneurship.
Iloilo City is one of 15 cities selected for USAID Opportunity 2.0 where a budget of 1.9 billion pesos would be spent on out-of-school Filipino youth to improve their education, employment and livelihoods by 2025 .
EDC works with the government’s Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
EDC is also in partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Accenture.
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