ILOILO – Since the establishment of school-based multi-purpose teen centers in select public high schools in the province in 2012, bad habits, including pre-marital sex, among its users declined significantly.
The incidence of pre-marital sex among male and female student users dropped by 2.79 percent and 1.05 percent, respectively, according to the 2014 survey result on risky sexual and non-sexual behaviors on ten established teen centers in Iloilo.
The incidence of illegal drug use among teen center users also dropped by 1.11 percent for males and 0.69 percent for females compared on the same survey held prior to the project.
The survey also showed that the incidence of drinking alcoholic beverages among teen center users dropped by 4.37 percent for males and 9.19 percent for females.
The incidence of cigarette smoking among teen center users likewise decreases by 3.93 percent for males and 4.98 percent for females.
Participated by 3,337 students, the latest survey was conducted by the Provincial Population Office as part of the evaluation of the effectiveness of teen center project under the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr.
Of the total respondents, 2,938 availed the services of the teen centers located in Dingle, Cabatuan, Dumangas, Igbaras, Lambunao, San Miguel, San Dionisio, Oton, Pavia and Sara. Others, on the other hand, have no time to visit the teen centers.
Productive leisure time
Provincial Population Officer Ramon Yee said the positive outcome of the survey signifies that the first ten teen centers are successful in realizing its objectives.
“We are building these teen centers in order to make our youth more productive. For instance, instead of wasting their free time at school in useless and risky activities, we wanted them to be at the teen centers playing educational games,” Yee said.
This year, the governor has released P4.2-million for the establishment of 14 more teen centers on top of the 15 existing ones to widen the coverage of project.
Among the newly opened teen centers are those in Tubungan (November 10), Leon (November 7), Dueñas (October 28), Mina (September 16).
Meanwhile, Defensor vowed to provide additional assistance to teen centers without computers and physical fitness equipment. #2014News