Brgy. West Bajac-Bajac in Olongapo City bagged the Bronze Award in the 2019 Tatak Barangay Practice (TBP) in the recently concluded 2019 Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) Congress held last May 29-30, 2019.
DILG Region 3 Director Julie Daquioag says the said barangay’s winning entry, “Sentrong Sanayang Teknika ng Kabataan (SSTK) sa West Bajac-Bajac” is a skills training program for out-of-school-youths (OSYs) and unemployed young adults in the barangay.
Daquioag says it is a unique program in the City of Olongapo and in the Province of Zambales that provides skills training to interested and qualified OSYs and young adults.
“After the training in SSTK, the youth of Barangay West Bajac-Bajac will undergo the TESDA Assessment to secure National Certification II providing them better opportunities in landing a job in the future,” she adds.
Barangay finalists in the TBP Award were judged based on originality, relevance and impact, sustainability, creativity in presentation, and realism.
Having acquired the highest rating of 94.5 or Ideal Level of BCPC Functionality during this year’s conduct of BCPC Functionality Audit in all the barangays in the City of Olongapo, Brgy. West Bajac-Bajac was chosen to represent the locality in the 2019 TBP Contest during the BCPC Congress.
Held at the Sitio Lucia Resort Hotel and Training Center in Santa Maria, Bulacan, the BCPC Congress was attended by qualifying BCPCs nationwide that passed Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation’s (HLAF) Performance Indicator Monitoring and Evaluation Tool (PerMeter) and partners national government agencies (NGAs) and non-government organizations (NGOs)
HLAF Executive Director Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria says the BCPC Congress serves as a venue for sharing experiences and inputs among the BCPCs in the country.
Atty. Abitria notes the importance of the roles that BCPCs play to the youth in the community.
“Masaya ako na ngayon nandito ako kasama kayo, kayong mga tumatayong magulang, kayong mapagkalinga at humuhubog sa mga kabataang pag-asa ng ating bayan sa bawat komunidad. Yes, marami tayong challenges, mga hamon na kinakaharap pero naniniwala ako na dahil sa tulong ninyo kaya natin itong mapagtagumpayan,” he explains.
Meanwhile, United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Child Protection Specialist Faye Alma Balanon says the children’s issue is just one among the many problems in the barangay.
“Kaya gusto ko kayong pasalamatan dahil pinili ninyong dumalo dito, patunay lamang na pinaprioritize ninyo ang kabataan,” Balanon adds.