ILOILO – True to his words, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has fulfilled his promise to build 15 teen centers by 2013 in support to the development and reformation of thousands of youth in this province.
Of the 15 teen centers, five were built this year, another five last year and the rest were completed and have been operational since 2010.
The latest teen center Defensor opened was in Felix Sera National High School in San Joaquin on Wednesday.
Earlier this year, he also led the inauguration of the same in Sta. Barbara National Comprehensive High School and Banate National High School.
Those in Janiuay National Comprehensive High School and Cawayan National High School in Carles await formal launching.
The other school-based multi-purpose teen centers were in the following:
* Igbaras National High School in Igbaras
* Leonora S. Salapantan National High School in San Miguel
* Cabatuan National Comprehensive High School in Cabatuan
* Dumangas National High School in Dumangas
* Sara National High School in Sara
* Rufino J. Palabrica Sr. Memorial National High School in Dingle town
* Pavia National High School in Pavia
* Nicomedes Tubar Sr. Memorial National High School in San Dionisio
* Lambunao National High School in Lambunao, and
* Oton National High School in Oton
The first five teen centers cost the province P200,000 each while the succeeding projects cost P300,000 or a total of P4-million.
The budget was spent mostly for the procurement of equipment like computers and information and education campaign materials relative to reproductive health, risk of drug abuse, among others.
Some of the local government unit concerned like San Joaquin poured additional P200,000 to the project for the construction of new building in the host school.
These teen centers, according to the governor, were venues where youth could learn and have fun at the same time.
It could also be used for training peer counsellors tasked to influence their fellow youth from engaging in risky sexual and non-sexual behaviours. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)