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Photo caption: (L-R) YouthLed Senior Youth Leadership Development Specialist Emil Tapnio, National Youth Commission Commissioner Reena Vivienne Pineda, Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant Secretary Rodolfo Santos, Department of Education Assistant Secretary Dexter Galban, and YouthLed Chief of Party Natalie Christine Jorge holding copies of the newly launched PYDP 2023-2028.

Rizal Park, Manila–November 20,2023 marked a significant milestone for Filipino youth development as the National Youth Commission (NYC) officially launched the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) 2023-2028 in Manila. 

Anchored on the Philippine Development Plan and AmBisyon Natin 2040, the PYDP is a comprehensive plan set to guide the implementation and harmonization of youth-focused programs and serves as an important roadmap for the collective efforts between government and partner organizations for shaping the future of Filipino youth. 

Recognizing the pivotal role that young people play in nation-building, the PYDP encourages active participation and engagement of youth across key domains dubbed as “Centers of Youth Participation”: governance and active citizenship, economic empowerment and global mobility, environment, agriculture, peacebuilding and security, social inclusion and equity, health, and education.

The Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed), a joint project of the United States Agency for International Development and The Asia Foundation, supported the NYC as it launched the PYDP.

“Our partnership with the National Youth Commission in the launch of the PYDP is a testament to our commitment to empower the Filipino youth. By providing a platform for the youth to engage in democratic governance, we contribute to achieving a more inclusive and participative society,” said Natalie Christine Jorge, Chief of Party of YouthLed.

Insights gained from the 2021 YouthLed survey played a crucial role in informing the NYC’s five-year plan with recent data on the state of Filipino youth and strategies for engaging them in democratic governance.

In efforts to localize the PYDP, YouthLed partnered with the NYC during YouthLed’s Arangkada: Youth Leaders’ Summit in September 2023 in Cebu City. The summit saw 1,000 Filipino youth leaders declaring their commitment to contribute to realizing PYDP’s localization. By supporting the localization of the plan, YouthLed is creating more opportunities for youth to participate in democratic activities and fostering a more engaged generation of young leaders.

YouthLed and NYC are continuously working together to further localize the PYDP and on initiatives aimed at empowering and engaging more youth to actively participate in nation-building.

Access and download the PYDP 2023-2028 through this link: https://bit.ly/PYDP2023-2028.

For more information, contact YouthLed through email: youthledph@asiafoundation.org

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Photo caption: The National Youth Commission team together with YouthLed, youth leaders, and partners in a photo opportunity during the PYDP launch

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