MAJORITY of young Filipinos do not want to leave the country to find work, according to the YouthLed 2021 National Youth Survey.
The data showed 33 percent of survey respondents believe they have enough opportunities within their city or province.
Further, some 23 percent of them think they may not have opportunities there but are open to consider those elsewhere in the Philippines; while 20 percent know there are better opportunities abroad but are not keen to leave the country.
“We conducted this survey to provide an in-depth profile and insights on the youth’s perspective today on democratic, civic, and political engagement; their values, motivations, and aspirations; and their wellbeing and outlook in life since the last youth survey of this scale was conducted in 1996,” the report stated.
The data also showed 9 percent said they do not have any opportunities for work or career in their city or province so they are forced to work elsewhere in the Philippines.
Another 8 percent said they preferred working and living abroad than in the Philippines and 7 percent said they do not know where they can find opportunities for work.
Meanwhile, young Filipinos, 72 percent of those who responded to the survey, consider helping their parents and siblings as their main aspiration.
The next overall most important aspirations and life goals identified were: to live independently from parents at 36 percent; to get a college degree, 29 percent; to start your own business, 28 percent; and to have meaningful work, 28 percent. Only 3 percent of respondents aspired to migrate to another country.
The data also showed that of the aspirations and life goals that relate to community and country beyond self and family, 10 percent of respondents wanted to be of service to Filipinos.
The survey results also showed that 5 percent aspired to be actively involved in volunteer work that they believe makes a positive impact.
“The Philippine Development Plan captures the collective aspirations of Filipinos towards a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay [stable, comfortable and peaceful life]. The 2021 national youth survey essentially confirms that these are also the aspirations of the Filipino youth,” National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Rosemarie Edillon said.
“In addition, the survey provides valuable insights as we strive to engage the youth as we implement economic transformation for a prosperous, inclusive and resilient Philippines,” she added.
The Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) and the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said Filipino youth today are more optimistic about their future than 25 years ago.
Three-fourths or 76 percent of the 4,900 Filipino youth surveyed said their personal quality-of-life will improve in the next five years, revealing a higher net optimism score than when the same question was asked in April 1996.
It revealed comparisons on the state of Filipino youth in 1996 and 2021 in the areas of personal health, pride in being Filipino, and satisfaction in the way democracy works in the Philippines.
With the forthcoming Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, YouthLed and SWS presented in a recent media briefing the results of the latest national youth survey providing an updated and comprehensive profile on the Filipino youth to the government, civil society, academe, private sector, and researchers.
Moreover, the survey also provides baseline information on the current trends that can inform interventions for youth development.
DepEd Assistant Secretary Dexter Galban and NYC Commissioner Representing Luzon, Reena Pineda, also weighed in on the importance of youth engagement in, highlighting key points from the report that can inform future government programs on civic education and youth development.