The committee on youth and sports development of the House of Representatives has approved a bill creating the Local Youth Development Councils (LYDC) all over the country.
Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Abante Mindanao party-list), authors of House Bill 591, said the establishment of LYDC will broaden and strengthen the services provided by the national government agencies, local government units and private agencies to young people.
“Since the Philippines is a very young country, with majority of the population belonging to the youth sector, it is imperative that government programs and policies should always take into account their impact on the youth, if only to guarantee their successful implementation,” the Cagayan de Oro City solon said.
Through the local councils, he said the National Youth Commission (NYC) would be able to facilitate programs and policies for the youth, down to the grassroots level, meeting the needs and engaging them as active participants in public and civil activities.
“The measure shall harmonize all government and non-government initiatives for the development of the youth sector,” he said.
To be known as the “Local Youth Development Act,” the LYDC shall formulate and adopt a five-year youth development plan, which shall be duly supported by an ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panglungsod, Pambayan or Panlalawigan.
“The plan shall be the basis for the implementation of local youth development programs and services in coordination with concerned agencies,” the Cagayan de Oro City lawmaker said.
Under the bill, scholarships, trainings and conferences, sports, livelihood developments, entrepreneurship, leadership, information technology, value formation, advocacy and youth cooperatives are included in the youth development plan.
Youth development services include legal assistance, adolescent health-related matters and information resource services, among others.