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US launches P1.9-B project in partnership with DepEd, TESDA

The United States government on Wednesday announced the launching of a Php1.9 billion (US$37.5) project that will support the needs of about 180,000 out-of-school youth across the Philippines.


According to the US Embassy in Manila, the project will assist the Department of Education’s enhanced Alternative Learning System and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s skills training programs which aims to aid those who are facing significant challenges during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.

Called Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth project, the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will partner with DepEd and TESDA to supplement their existing programs to provide relevant education, employability skills, and work experience.

More than 500 participants joined the virtual event that featured US Ambassador Sung Kim, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, and TESDA Director-General Isidro LapeƱa.

In his remarks, Kim highlighted Washington’s continuing support for Philippine education, especially for the out-of-school youth who are facing significant challenges in education and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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. 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,” the US envoy said.

USAID is partnering with local governments in at least 12 cities nationwide to set up Youth Development Alliances that mobilize resources to help their out-of-school youth.

It will also involve the participation of over 2,200 employers and at least 50 education or training institutions, including major hubs like Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Davao.

The U.S.-based Education Development Center is implementing the program together with Accenture, Philippine Business for Education, Catholic Relief Services, Voluntary Services Overseas, and SEAMEO-Innotech as partners.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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