US to aid out-of-school Filipino youth through ₱1.9-B project

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — Around 180,000 out-of-school youth in the Philippines are expected to receive support through the ₱1.9 billion project launched by the United States government.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila announced on Wednesday the rollout of the five-year ‘Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth’ project meant to assist out-of-school Filipino children in their education, employment, and livelihood needs.

The initiative is in partnership with local government agencies, including the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

According to the U.S. Embassy, the project aims to augment the Philippines’ ongoing educational programs, such as DepEd’s enhanced Alternative Learning System and TESDA’s skills training programs.

“Through this new partnership, we can leverage a range of resources to maximize the potential of the Filipino youth, particularly those who are out-of-school or unemployed,” U.S. envoy Sung Kim said. "With the right knowledge, attitudes, and skills, they will play a pivotal role in this great country’s growth and success over the long-term."

Twelve local government units nationwide, over 2,200 employers, and at least 50 educational or training institutions will likewise be involved in the project, the U.S. government said.