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Thursday, October 1, 2015

USAID conducts training workshop for youth advocates

By Rhea Grace A. La Plana

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – The United States Agency for International Development John Hopkins (USAID JH)Piego– Mindanao Health,in cooperation with the Department of Health-9  and the  Commission on Population-9 conducted a Training Workshop for Youth Advocates on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights at Casa Mea Hotel here on Sept. 28-30.

Adolescence is the stage when teens go through a lot of changes physically and experience emotional and mental adjustments. This is a critical stage wherein young minds are exposed to the realities in life, and need the guidance of parents, teachers and elders in making the right decisions.

Global investment in adolescent health has been scarce despite its importance and significant impact on returns in individual well-being and national progress in the past.

For this reason, USAID JH Piego – Mindanao Health launched series of trainings in Zamboanga Peninsula with the ultimate purpose of equipping the youth with established dispositions to gain chances at leading productive lives in adulthood.

“Teenage pregnancy and drug addiction have relatively increased in the past threeyears in this province,” Ms. Cecille A. La Plana, Area Administrative Officer of USAID JH Piego – Mindanao Health said.The training provided essential knowledge to encourage the teens to set priorities in life, focus on their studies and get involved in productive undertakings.

At an early age, making wrong decisions may bring about unwanted teenage pregnancies, drug addiction and other teenage problems that can totally crash their youthful dreams and goals.

Mr. Eryl Jove D. Jocson of DepEd Ipil facilitated the invitation of participating schools and teen representatives to attend the 3-day workshop for 10 guidance counselors and 30 young teen students from various public and private schools in Ipil, Imelda, Talusan, Tungawan, Diplahan and RT Lim. 

A registered nurse from Ateneo de Zamboanga, Mr. ArvieArcilla articulated that the role of each teen is indeed very important in sharpening their minds and shaping their own future.

Ms. Maria Rosalinda K. Fernando, Information Officer of PopCom R9 explicitly emphasized to the youth that they are the ones shaping their own career paths, so they need to have the right thinking and be guided to reacha right decision.

Such training indeed provided the right venue to capacitate the guidance counselors with techniques and skills to enable them to become effective moderators of the youth.

The USAID-sponsored workshop was construed as initial session for the preparation for the Teen Summit in Sibugay to be held in October 2015.