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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

DSWD-9, partner agencies launch YDS in ZamPen

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Youth Development Sessions (YDS) program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 was launched here recently at the Zamboanga City National High School (ZCNHS)-main campus in collaboration with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

More than 800 high school students, who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) underwent various sessions of the YDS.

YDS is a parallel intervention of DSWD to the Family Development Sessions (FDS) targeted for high school student-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD-9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said the program is a modular session that aims to motivate the adolescents in attending and finishing their education.

“The YDS shall help the adolescents be equipped with appropriate knowledge, attitude, and skills to developmental challenges, see available opportunities, and overcome possible risks to aid them in achieving optimal and holistic development,” she explained.

The intended topics for the YDS include adolescent dynamics, sexuality, career, life, and skills, among others. According to Arevalo, these topics are envisioned to address the challenges faced by Filipino adolescents such as teen pregnancy, reproductive health, decision-making, peer-pressure, dangerous drugs, pornography and other issues.

Director Arevalo said the YDS will be implemented nationwide in all Pantawid Pamilya areas, to all high school beneficiaries monitored by the program.

After the launching, the YDS will be rolled out with NYC until January 2016. It will be conducted in a school-based setting during weekdays within class hours.

Mr. Jesus Solon, secondary school principal of ZCNHS-main expressed his gratitude to DSWD-9 and the rest of the partner agencies for choosing the school as the venue for the launch. “I am optimistic that the YDS program will provide better motivation for the students to finish their studies and reach their goals,” he said.

The YDS regional launching is anchored on the theme, “Pangarap ko, kaya ko!”