Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMSA Philippines Joins the National Youth Commission and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung as Advocates for Youth Apprenticeship

The Asian Medical Students’ Association Philippines was invited to the recently concluded National Summit on Youth Apprenticeship hosted by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in cooperation with the Berlin-based foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung last December 15, 2014. The organization was represented by Johna Mandac, AMSA Philippines Treasurer, and John Joseph Sanchez, National Officer for Public Health in Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati City.


Senator Bam Aquino, the Guest of Honor, began the program on a high note with his solidarity message with the theme, “Addressing Unemployment and Job-Skills Mismatch through Youth Apprenticeship.” Immediately after, Usec. Gio Tingson, the Chairperson of the National Youth Commission, welcomed everyone as he gave the opening remarks during the summit.

The master of ceremonies, Ms. Iska Dalangin (President of the Student Coucil Allince of the Philippines) and Mr. Jules Guiang (Presidnt, National Alliance of Youth Leaders) introduced the speakers in the first panel discussion about Industry and Government Synergy in Youth Apprenticeship. The discussion was  led by Ms. Raquel Castillo, Lead Convener of Stakeholder Partnerships for Education and Lifelong Learning (SPELL). The second conference discussion was facilitated by Mr. Gus Cerdena from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, where industries, specifically MSMEs were engaged on their roles and opportunities in  Youth Apprenticeship.

After lunch, Mr. Cherrie Atilano from Agricool and Ms. Raquel Castillo from SPELL discussed the problems faced by agri-fisheries, policy gaps in the education sector as well as the necessary reforms to tailor-fit the K to 12 for youth employment. Hon. Etta Rosales, Chairperson of Commission on Human Rights, together with other panelists, talked about Securing Youth and Labor Right in Apprenticeship while Prof. Dennis Coronacion, Assistant Professor in University of Santo Tomas (UST) led the discussion on opportunities and challenges being brought by the ASEAN integration to the world of labor market. Last but not the least, Mr. Gus Cerdena, Program Officer of FES, synthesized all of the points of the panelists and discussants during his Closing Remarks.

AMSA Philippines would like to recognize the work of NYC and FES in bringing together students and youth groups, industry leaders and other stakeholders to continue the dialogue and contribute in the creation of relevant policy recommendations on apprenticeship programs for the youth.

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Johna Pauline O. Mandac
Treasurer
Asian Medical Students' Association Philippines

Noted by:

Jim Paulo D. Sarsagat
President
Asian Medical Students' Association Philippines

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