The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) is promoting and strengthening steps that will help cultivate the ability and skills of the youth.
In a message sent to Radio Veritas, Daet Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon, Chairman of CBCP-ECY, said that the commission is currently responding to the situation of unemployment of young people with he hopes of preparing them to get decent jobs in the society.
“The state of unemployment of our young people is a cause of sadness and alarm for us all, the unequal opportunities are exacerbated by other factors such as conflicts, the pandemic, and of course poverty,” according to the bishop.
The prelate also expressed through prayer his hope for those in the position in the government or the private sector who can help for the young people to find jobs.
“May those who are able and have the responsibility also provide opportunities and address the inequalities around us, Pope Francis reminds us that the youth is not simply the ‘future’, they are the ‘now’ of the society, they are our hope,” said the Bishop.
According to recent data from the United Nations, 73 million youth ages 15-24 are unemployed worldwide this year. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)