The United States will invest an additional US$2.8M to provide free skills–based and work-based trainings to unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth through the YouthworksPH program.

According to Heather Variana, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission regions in the Philippines, including the Province of Bohol, has entered into a partnership to avail of this program initiated by USAID and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) since 2018.

The partnership will support the training needs of at least 5, 600 Filipino youth nationwide with a contribution of almost Php 54 Million or US$ 915, 000. This will extend the YouthworksPH program until 2026.

Variana said that the US government is proud to invest in the Filipino youth and together with PBEd provide training opportunities that will empower them with the right skills needed for employment.

Under YouthworksPH, over 13,000 work- based training positions with industry players have employed 4,000 Filipino youths in Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Metro Manila, and Zamboanga.

Five additional sites are being expanded, namely Bohol, Agusan del Sur, Northern Cebu, Saranggani and South Cotabato. (ECT)