City strengthening youth participation through poster and slogan making contest

The city government here spearheaded by the Health Services Office recently conducted a poster and slogan making contest.

The poster and slogan making contest aims to deliver health services to in-school and out-of-school youth awareness on their reproductive health problems.

Said reproductive health problems are among the leading causes of ill health and death for women and girls of child bearing age.

The winner in the poster making contest receiving Php1,500 cash incentive plus a trophy is Rolly Agomiyeng of Quezon Hill National High School.

The second place was awarded to Pamela Robles of Baguio City Science High School (Senior High School-Stand alone). She received Php1,000 cash incentive and a trophy.

While the winner in the slogan making contest is Grace Aplosen of the Easter College Incorporated receiving Php1,500 cash incentive and a trophy.

Kristalyn Labunhog of Mil-an National High School got the second place receiving P1,000 cash incentive and a trophy.

The theme of the said contest, “Adolescent’s Perception of a Friendly Teen Center”, aims to help adolescents become advocates for safe sexual behavior with their peers, families and communities; to increase perception of the adolescent’s rights to good health and wellbeing; to impart good values to the youth to increase health seeking behavior; and to create awareness that the health facilities are friendly and are partners in the prevention and control of disease.

According to Dr. Rowena Galpo, empowering the youth or young people about their rights involves giving them the tool to succeed, thus they become agent of positive change in their future and the community.

HSO aims to curb the negative attitudes and develop positive attributes and thus making themselves improve their health and lives. Unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, maternal death and disability, sexually transmitted infections and other related problems and issues which are likewise on the unmet need among couples shall be addressed, stressed Galpo.

“Other way by which we could advance the objectives of the program is through the information education campaign on developing the poster and slogan contest to all public high schools and selected private high schools in Baguio. This will focus on the cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects to increase the health seeking behavior of young people”, added Galpo.

The Adolescents Health and Youth Development Council headed by mayor Mauricio Domogan will soon convene and come up with the logo from the winning pieces of the Adolescent Friendly Health Center in the different 16 health districts of Baguio. *Jho Arranz