The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Santiago City acclaimed the initiatives of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officers and members in the recently concluded 2020 Search for Most Innovative and Sustainable Community-Based Teen Center and U4U Desk, participated by seventeen (17) barangays last December 14, 2020 at the City Hall Lobby, Santiago City, Isabela.

Among the 17 contenders, the Teen Kaagapay Center of Barangay Callao West garnered the award with the following prizes: computer set and accessories, appliance set, acoustic guitar and piano organ keyboard, digital video camera and television set which will be used for the different adolescent health and development activities of the said teen center.

Moreover, barangays Buenavista, Patul, and Nagassican were adjudged as 1st runner up, 2nd runner up, and 3rd runner up, respectively.

Special Awards were also given to deserving barangays: Most Creative Teen Center (San Isidro), Most Improved Teen Center (Villa Gonzaga), Most Pandemic Resilient Award (Plaridel), and Most Pandemic Responsive Award (Buenavista).

Santiago City Mayor Joseph S. Tan congratulated the winners and everyone, especially the SK officers and members for their active involvement in the said event. He added that the competition does not only require participation but also commitment to sustain the operation of their teen center in order to make adolescent health and development (AHD) information and services readily available to their fellow Santiagueño adolescents.

POPCOM-Region II Director Herita O. Macarubbo also commended the initiative of the LGU through the City Population Office in its 3rd year of sustaining the Search for the Most Innovative and Sustainable Teen Center and U4U Desk.

“This is one of the best practices of the city which we, at POPCOM admire most. We are grateful of your support in creating linkages to intensify and sustain strategies for the overall well-being of young people, equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills and empower them to make right and sound decisions,” RD Macarubbo said.

In its continuing advocacy and campaign to address the prevalent youth-related sexuality issues that the young people of today are facing, POPCOM-Region II intensifies its partnership with LGUs and other program stakeholders in providing better and quality health information and services within the reach of adolescents while protecting their rights, thus the need to institutionalize teen centers in every community.#