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PIA Press Release
2006/09/25

OSY scholars required to render services to community, says Alay-Lakad chairman

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (25 September) -- Unlike the usual way when a student finished her degree whether a baccalaureate or in vocational-technical courses where the primary objective of most of the graduates is to land a job and earn income immediately, the Out-of School-Youth (OSY) to be sponsored by the Alay-Lakad fund will first render services to the community.as their way of showing gratitude to the sponsoring organization.

This was revealed by Lino Severino of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) who was also presently elected as the chairman of the Alay-Lakad 2006 executive committee.in an interview during the radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently.

The proposal for the sponsorship of the Alay-Lakad 2006 of at least ten OSY scholars every year is the brainchild of Lino Severino, TESD Specialist of TESDA-Biliran based on his experience of how the Alay-Lakad Foundation in Nortehrn Samar has spent their fund for the benefit of the disadvantage youth in the society.

Severino explained that rendering services to the community for at least three months is one good measurement in assessing the knowledge acquired and learned by the scholar in the particular field of vocational-technical courses one is enrolled with.

He added that the OSYs under the project will learn to appreciate the value of gratitude by looking back to the organization that gave them the opportunity to grow and develop by applying the knowledge and skills learned to the members of the community that need their services.

The rendering of services to the community by the OSY who have just graduated from vocational-technical courses is one way also of enhancing their knowledge and skills learned in school, Severino said.

Severino further said that rendering community service is also one way of showcasing the abilities and potentials of the disadvantaged youth members in the community and to further erase the concept as being non-productive member in society.

The Alay-Lakad 2006 chairman stressed that the people in the community should work and find all best ways and means available because the OSYs need the right kind of attention and help for them to grow and develop the attitude of independence and productivity the youth being the hope of the fatherland. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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