Increasing number of out-of-school youth alarms solon

TO curb the alarming increase in the number of out of school youths in the country, a lawmaker has called for a congressional inquiry.

Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila) filed House Resolution 2511 urging the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, to conduct an inquiry citing the 2011 National Statistics Office report that the number of out-of-school youths, has already reached 6.2 million.

The NSO said about 6.24 million out of the estimated 39 million Filipinos whose ages range from 6 to 24 years old are considered as out-of-school youth.

She said the NSO report in 2011 is much higher than the 14.7 percent or 4.8 million OSYs recorded in the 2002 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS).

“The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) continues to have the highest number of OSY Filipinos at 23.6 percent or almost 404,000 of the population aged 6 to 24 years old,” Bonoan-David said.

Likewise, the NSO reported that 28.9 percent of the OSY did not pursue their studies due to the high cost of education while 27.5 percent was for lack of interest.

“Some OSYs need to work to augment their family income while others in the ARMM stop due to armed conflict,” she said.
She said the State recognizes the youth as key agents of socio-economic development and technological innovation in the country and as such, should provide for mechanisms which would make them avail of a decent education, which would eventually make them indispensible contributors to national growth and progress.

“With the tough competition for jobs even among college graduates, the door to a decent job will seem closed to OSYs forever, if no one lifts a finger to help the country’s out-of-school youth,” Bonoan-David said.



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