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Angara files bill for Magna Carta of the OSYs

THERE is a need to pay more attention to the situation of out of school youth (OSY), particularly at this time when their numbers are growing due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education.

Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Committee on Youth, noted that the increase in the number of OSY is a serious issue that could lead to bigger problems later on if left unchecked.

To help address the issue, Angara filed Senate Bill 1090 which aims for the establishment of a Magna Carta of the OSYs.

Under the bill, OSY refers to members of the population who are 15 to 30 years old, who are not in school, not gainfully employed, and have not finished college or a post-secondary course

The bill seeks to strengthen the State’s mandate of instituting policies and programs for the development of OSYs in the country and to encourage them to explore the various opportunities available to them.

Among the different programs that are envisioned to come out as a result of the Magna Carta of the OSY are the 1) free mandatory technical/vocational education through TESDA, 2) the inclusion in the government scholarships under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTEA) and 3) the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFast) through the CHEd.

Apart from ensuring OSYs get a proper education, the government will also see to it that they receive all health benefits under the law, as well as the appropriate social services, and help them get employed or find a viable source of livelihood by providing them with the skills or livelihood support.

Similar bills seeking to establish a Magna Carta of the OSY were also filed by Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Nancy Binay and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Based on data from the Department of Education (DepEd), close to four million students were not able to enroll for the current school year, 2.75 million of this who did not enroll were private school students.