ILOILO – Students of Tigbuan National High School has now access to various development programs and services provided the Provincial Population Office through the establishment of Duyan Teen Center this school year.
The 35th teen center in the province opened on July 13 following its blessing and inauguration led by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr, Provincial Population Officer Ramon Yee, Tigbuan Mayor Suzette Alquisada, DepEd Schools Division Supt. Myrna Castillo and Principal Patricia E. Sotiar.
The provincial government provided P300,000 for the procurement of computers, musical instruments and other materials needed for counseling and recreational activities at the teen center.
The provincial government has spent about P15.4-million for the establishment of multipurpose teen centers here in a hope to help teenagers live up to their fullest potentials.
The establishment of multipurpose teen centers in every town was among the key investments that the governor made in the past five years to advance his development agenda for the youth.
“It is an investment that aims to empower the youth by giving them access to various programs that befit their needs,” Yee shared during the celebration of World Population Day on July 11.
Observed in the province through simultaneous symposia in select teen centers, the 2016 World Population Day revolved on the theme “Investing in Teenage Girls”.
The symposia reiterated the awareness campaign on the ill effects of both risky sexual (e.g. pre-marital sex) and non-sexual behaviors (e.g. cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol) to psychological and physical well-being of girls aging 13-19.
Through the teen centers, Yee stressed the youth today can acquire knowledge and complete understanding of their human and reproductive rights so they will not be vulnerable to illness and abuse.
He added that a functional teen center is an embodiment of stronger ties between public and private stakeholders who are directly and indirectly involved in the attainment of development goals for their youth.
Since 2011, the provincial government has appropriated funds for the establishment of 50 teen centers by 2017 which included the public high schools in island-barangays in Northern Iloilo.
These were Tambaliza National High School in Tambaliza Island in Concepcion and Granada National High School – Balesteros Campus in Brgy. Gabi, Carles, Iloilo.
Thirty-five teen centers have been opened as of July 13 and two more will be become operational this month – De La Paz National High School in Banate and Anilao National High School in Anilao, Iloilo.