In its desire to raise the standards of its service and to recognize the outstanding achievements of its employees in 2015, PopCom RO2 management gave the following awards to its deserving employees during its Christmas Party Cum Annual Recognition Day last 21 December 2015:
(1) Most Outstanding Technical Supervisor- Ms. Theresa C. Soriano, IO3 who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of Php 4,000.00;
(2) Most Outstanding Administrative Supervisor- Ms. Rosana B. Calimuhayan, AO5 who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of Php 3,000.00;
(3) Most Outstanding Technical Staff- Ms. Rosario B. Eugenio, PO1 who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of Php 3,000.00;
(4) Most Outstanding Administrative Staff- Ms. Olivia C. Ricardo, AO2 who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of Php 2,000.00;
(5) Early Bird- Mr. Ariel C. Manuel, AA III who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of Php 1,000.00; and
(6) Most Friendly Staff- Ms. Theresa C. Soriano, IO3 who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize of P1,000.00; and
(7) Staff with the Most Number of Days Present in the Workplace- Dr. Herita O. Macarubbo, PO IV.
Dr. Macarubbo and Mr. Manuel received the same award in 2014.
To respond to the demand of high school principals, PopCom R02, together with the City Population Offices (CPOs) and Zonta Club of Tuguegarao, and Santiago funded and conducted the “Breaking the Barrier” Session on AHD for the parents and their students in Linao National High School, Tuguegarao City and Patul High School, Santiago City on 7 October and 5 December 2015, respectively. 40 parents and 144 students participated in said session. Topics on Fertility Awareness, Communicating with My Adolescent and Ways to Get Along with My Adolescent were discussed with parents. Life Skills, Fertility Awareness and Living Effectively with My Parents were the sessions tackled with the adolescents. At the end of the sessions, both parents and their adolescent children were requested to write a letter to each other expressing their feelings to one another. Hopefully, this will break the barrier or misunderstanding between them if there is any. To cap the separate sessions, selected parents and adolescents were asked to read their letters in the plenary after which all adolescents were asked to hand over their letter to their parents, and vice-versa.
A similar session was also conducted in Cabulay High School in Santiago City early that year.
LGUs with High Incidence of Teenage Pregnancy Fund TOT on Peer and Parenting Education on AHD and U4U Facilitation
Realizing the need to sustain the AHYD intervention to address teenage pregnancy in their localities, the LGUs of Baggao, Cagayan and Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya funded the Training of Trainors (TOT) on Peer and Parenting Education on Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) and U4U Facilitation. Among all cities and municipalities in Region 2, Baggao has the highest incidence of teenage pregnancies from 2011 to 2014 at 1,141 cases, and Bayombong at 922 cases.
On 26-29 October 2015, 39 guidance counselors, young teachers and health service providers of Baggao were trained while 19 student leaders from selected high schools in Bayombong were trained on 18-19 November 2015. It is expected that after the training, these trained students, counselors, teachers and health providers will now be able to conduct their own U4U, “Breaking the Barrier” sessions and teenage pregnancy symposium in their respective schools and community.
For the second year in a row, LGU Saguday, Quirino was again adjudged as the 2014 Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award (RMSPDA) Grand Winner for the Municipality Category. In 2013, Saguday was awarded as the 2013 RMSPDA Champion among fourth to sixth class municipalities. Saguday Mayor Marcelina Pagbilao in her speech considered the prestigious award as a recognition of their continuous efforts to address the real needs of their constituents, and at the same time, serves as a challenge for them to sustain the implementation of people-centered programs, projects and activities (PPAs). She attributed their success to their good housekeeping, being a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
On the other hand, Santiago City bagged the third place in the City Category. Santiago City Mayor Joseph S. Tan attributed their award to their dedication to constantly improve the delivery of basic services to the people of Santiago City.