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According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 45.1 percent of the country’s labor force is made up of 15 to 34-year-olds. If you’re planning on joining that force pretty soon, sure ka bang ready ka na?

The job landscape is continuously evolving and employers are looking for candidates that have the right skill set. There has to be a balance between the hard and soft skills. Hard skills are those that are taught in school, like speaking a foreign language or computer programming. In the meantime, soft skills include being flexible, organized, patient, etc.

But having these skill sets doesn’t guarantee you a job in the future. Sorry bes, ‘di na naman tayo enough. Young people are required to develop 21st century skills to adapt and thrive not only in the Philippines, but as part of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which aspires to be the fourth largest economic bloc by 2030.

To help prepare the Filipino youth become “glocally” (globally and locally ‘yun mumsh) competitive, the ASEAN Youth Community (AYC) launched its presence in the Philippines on September 17 through its local partner—YGOAL, Inc., a social enterprise specializing in training.

(L-R) Ireneo Demecais Jr., Country Director of AYC and President of YGOAL, Sir Delane Lim, AYC Program Chairman, Lei Montilla, Executive Director of AYC, and Lionel Paul Dorai, CEO of Future Ready Asia.

AYC is a regional youth empowerment program based in Singapore that promotes the idea that the youth can be competitive in the region by initially becoming bridging leaders in their local communities.

“We have to empower young people to gain skills ready for emerging industries in ASEAN, without leaving behind youth in local communities with limited access to opportunities,” says Delane Lim, AYC program chairman.

As a part of their initial campaign and to also to promote inclusivity for all the young people in the country, AYC Philippines is holding a three-day pilot boot camp from November 15 to 17. This will be across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to fully integrate the Filipino youth into becoming glocal.

Anyone between 19 and 40 years old may apply for AYC’s boot camp.

Learn more about AYC and their activities on their official website aseanready.org/ or official Facebook page.

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