METRO MANILA – Employment is still the biggest challenge among young people, an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) youth development report says.
National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra presented the significant findings of the ASEAN Youth Development Index Report in a press briefing held at the World Trade Center, shortly after the ASEAN member-countries formally adopted it during their plenary session.
Seguerra said that “from 2011 to 2015, education has remarkably improved across the region”. However, young people are still struggling when it comes to employment, participation, and empowerment.
Though the report describes the situation of the youth in the Southeast Asia, it does not necessarily compare or contrast the ASEAN member-countries’ youth related policies. Rather, the Youth Development Index Report seeks to provide a comprehensive profile that would help the ASEAN leaders craft policies in their own territories.
Aside from the issue of employment, the youth development report also contained key information that touched the areas of health and wellbeing, ASEAN awareness, and values and identity.