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1 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 YOUTH STUDY:
The Situation from the Perspective of the Youth

RA 8044 mandates the National Youth Commission (NYC) to conduct a national youth study aimed to determine the current condition and situation of the Filipino youth. As a process, this study will be one of the bases in the formulation of the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) 2011-2016. Specifically, the primary objective of the 2010 National Youth Assessment study is to conduct a situational analysis on the socio-economic characteristics, vulnerabilities and other issues confronting the youth. In addition, it also aims to identify issues and attitudes on youth participation and volunteerism. Five thousand eight hundred fifty (5,850) young Filipinos aged 15-30 years old from 17 Regions of the country (urban and rural) served as respondents of the study. They were classified according to the four (4) youth sub-sectors: out-of-school youth (OSY); (SYG). in-school youth (ISY); working youth (WY); and specific youth groups

NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION

6% of young adult (2530 years) indicated that they too prefer to work abroad because of higher pay.2 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 Findings (Per objective) A. vulnerabilities. To conduct a situational analysis on the socio economic characteristics. 84.8%) and rural (56.6%) followed by 53.6% of the youth respondents who are not currently employed also preferred to work abroad The core youth 18-24 years old are the most keen to seek employment overseas (59. Education • 26 % of the 15-17 years bracket up to 48% (25-30 years old) and 39-48% of age groups 18-24 and 25-30 had to drop out of school due to financial hardships. and other issues confronting the youth sector 1.0%) areas. 7-8% of all ages dropped out of school after becoming drug dependent 76% of the Out of School Youth would like to go to school if given the chance 60% of age-group 15-17 dropping to 50% for age-group 2530 claim they could have been more active in school if they could speak better English Computer literacy ranges from 40-50% at the highest level (always/very often) over the three age groups • • • • 2.2% of the youth respondents agreed that migration of youth workers takes place within and outside the country because of limited opportunities to earn a living • • NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION . Majority of the youth (57%) desire to work abroad because of higher pay.1% of the young youth (15-17 years) and 58. Employment • • • 46% of age 25-30 think their work is NOT relevant to their education and training 32. And this preference is felt in both urban (57.

2%) 18 to 21% from all age groups answered said that they’re on the streets most of the time as it is their home and source of livelihood 54.4%) and lastly the out-of-school youth (41.5%).4 % of the survey respondents agree and 30. Keeping self healthy and fit (54. 44% of 18-24 year-old and 41% of 25-30 age group think early sexual encounter is acceptable in today’s society High incidence of early sexual encounter involving younger age groups (15-17). Undergoing Skills Training (57. Second are the youth with special needs (45. In terms of youth sector.9% of the youth feel that on the whole OFW phenomenon is not healthy for family stability despite its economic advantage Major Activities in preparing/finding for a job are: Participating in career planning (60.5%).3%). and Attending Job fairs and industry updates (54. Attending Personality Development Seminars (59.4% of the respondents agree that the youth have entrepreneurial skills but they lack collateral for loans to start a business • • • 3.2% strongly agree that health services should be made available to the youth to protect them from acquiring HIV and STIs • • • • NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION .3 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 • 73.8%) 51. Health and Wellness • Health information campaigns and user-friendly health services and facilities for adolescents and youth should be available to reduce risky behavior among young people (82%) 45-49% of all ages think that the substance of the reproductive health bill should be taught in elementary school while 74-79% think that it should be taught in high school 38% of 15-17 year-olds.9%).7%) followed by working youth (43. the in-school youth (49.8%) exhibited the highest percentage of agreement.

1% receive allowance. Most conscious savers (86.9%) followed by 18-24 age bracket (48. time.7%. Their health and academic performance are affected by having low grades and eventually disinterest to finish studies. and girlfriend/ boyfriend. friends.1%). They are happy to have friends with whom they can open up about their joys and difficulties.6%. The method they prefer most is “Saving money and resources”. 85.2%of the youth are interested to find a job that can support family needs 51. particularly low-income groups. high cost of goods. and “Gaining new knowledge and updates on economic trends” NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION . 45. • • • • • The strong interest of the youth in achieving economic independence is shown in the apparent stability of their response on the five (5) approaches/activities.4 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 • Most families. followed by “Identifying and improving their talents that can make them economically independent”.3% of the youth wants to extend financial assistance to their families. Family income and expenditures • 83. More youth in the younger age group 15-17 receive allowance (66.2% of the youth strongly agree and 47% agree that the youth are in need of financial planning skills 85. 85. Expectedly the most contributors are the working youth (85. Across age brackets.4%) are the core youth (18-24 years).1%) The 91. The problem of having proper and adequate nutrition is rooted in low and irregular income. do not get proper nutrition and the most affected are the children and youth. the order of which changes according to circumstances. 73% believe that the youth resort to substance abuse to escape from their desperate situation • • 4. Many of the youth claimed that what makes them happy are family. and other available resources.7% of the youth across all age brackets make it a point to save money. and large family size.

Playing computer games and on-line gaming is usually done by the young youth aged 15-17 years old (51.9% are in agreement that the internet is hazardous to health and addictive 58. 52% of 15-17 year-olds and 50% of 18-25 years old.6% of the respondents across age brackets join groups.5 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 5.8%) followed by 18-24 years old (49. Perception of Government Service Delivery NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION .7% of the respondents indicated that they share stories and do social drinking with friends. followed by the core youth.8%). 49. 18-24 aged. Cross. music band. They also engage in ball games and sports competitions (59%). Internet is also attractive to the youth for computer gaming (48.1%). and hip-hop dancing • • • • • • • 6. 15-17 aged are the most number of those indulged in ballgames (63.6% of the respondents across age bracket are in social networking in whatever form.7%). Leisure • • 64. dropping to 37% of 25-30 years old play computer games 66% of 15-17 age group dropping to 52% of 25-30 age group use social networking sites 77. The young youth. Politics • The young people believe that corruption is the major cause of poverty in the Philippines (90%).cutting findings Citizenship • 92% of respondents say they are proud to be Filipinos.

9% of the 15-17 age group claim that they never vote during elections while only 35. 12-14% of all ages claim that their lives are disrupted because of armed conflicts with warring groups. and computer literacy B. product creativity.3% of the youth always vote during elections and 11. homosexuals and trans-genders are now accepted in Philippine society 49-55% of all ages think that divorce should be made legal. Youth respondents from 18-24 and 25-30 age groups have high percentages for always voting with 60.6 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 • The majority of the youth feel that agencies that provide services for the youth need to improve on their performance to meet their expectations (84%). 57-62% across the age groups thinks that lesbians.4% very often vote. During elections. 52.2% always vote. such as in: business talents. 19% of 15-17 year-olds and 27% of 25-30 year-olds think that same sex relationships are accepted in society. NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION . Relationships • • 75% of ages 15-17 are looking for a healthy boy-girl relationship.2% respectively.6% and 68. • • Life Skills • • 55% believe they have high self-esteem. To identify issues and attitudes on youth participation and volunteerism • • • 39. Their weakest life skills are those that require use of resources. it rises to 85% for the 25-30 year-olds. Concerns of Specific Youth Groups • • 12-15% of all ages claim to have experienced being abused or exploited.

GOs. and mandate of agencies. in the management of their time and in their choice of girlfriend/ boyfriend. 86% of the youth feel they have the right and responsibility to know about the available programs. that there are more rural youth (35. the choice of course to take and when to finish college but not on school policies.2%) than urban youth (33. services. NGOs. school and their organizations is characterized by more control on those decisions that refer to their individual needs and less control on those that involve family budget. they have more control of their choice of friends.2%) than rural youth (33. church-based organizations. and other institutions that could help improve their conditions • • • • • • • • NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION . they have more control of decisions involving participation in extra-curricular activities. the majority (89%) of the young people feel that they have to be informed. Only about one-third of the youth would volunteer in community service in times of emergency. and consulted by adults and youth leaders on matters related to youth development. choice of leisure time and religious affiliation In school.1%) who join projects for clean and safe environment but there are more urban youth (37. More than two-thirds of the youth has not been member of any youth organization. 68% indicated that their participation in political matters is that of a follower and 62% said that they seldom act as the leader-initiator of resolutions Only 1 out of 4 youth indicated that they are protest-initiators or activists in political issues. Participation in the family. involved.5%) who support advocacies for environment protection. but less control on the amount of their allowances.7 |National Youth Assessment Study 2010 • • 74-78% of all ages think that political dynasties should be made illegal. In the family.