Despite torrid rains, the Baguio City Health Services Office launched its newest Teen Center at the Pacdal District on June 10, 2014. The new teen center is the first of its kind in Baguio City as it is directly integrated into the District Health Center which strategically would enhance availing of not only Youth Development programs but also of Adolescent health services as well.
Gracing the occasion for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the teen center were Director Rosa Fortaleza of PopCom-Car, Dr. Rowena Galpo City Health Officer-in-Charge of Baguio, Mr. Roberto Medina the Barangay Chairperson.
Together with the launch was also the introduction of the 101 XSX: 101 Ways to Become Empowered Youth Campaign of PopCom-CAR. Through a presentation of PopCom-CAR Regional Director, Rosa Fortaleza, participants were informed on the current status of youth and adolescents in the region as to their lifestyles, fads, behaviors and reproductive health. Part of the campaign is not only to inform the youth and partners on this but to also bring needed support to the youth themselves through commitment and knowledge building. The campaign also aims to promote support services like the teen centers for youth to utilize and enhance their full potential and development.
With 47 teens from Rizal National Highschool and other barangays around the district, the launch also featured the city launch of the U4U Teen Trail Program of PopCom. The teens learned issues and information regarding adolescent reproductive health and development thru an interactive session filled with an exhibit, activities, games, online media and even music. There were a lot of positive response from the participants like from Nichole Eukan, one of the teen facilitators, who tweeted after the event “#101XSX should be trending”.
The U4U is an interactive online and live event resource portal for youth on their reproductive health and development. The program was developed through the initiatives of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Center for Health Services Innovation (CHSI) and the Commission on Population. Under the 101 XSX Campaign the teen trail activity will also be done in Ifugao and another in Baguio City in celebration of World Population Day within the coming months.
Trained peer educators will be in charge of the teen center after school hours as well as the Baguio City Health Services Office Staff on regular hours to serve visiting youth from all over the Pacdal District. Services include peer counseling and adolescent advice every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; regular physical check-ups, dental services every Friday and basic medicine among others.