February 24, 2024

The award-winning electronic application “Bonjing” used for teenagers’ sexual and reproductive health issues and concerns will be rejuvenated and enhanced for inclusivity by the City Health Services Office, the AIDS Watch Council, and Department of Health.

CHSO OIC Dr. Celia Brillantes said teen reproductive health and mental health issues will be addressed including sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in Bonjing’s website.

Bonjiing started in 2004 when Brillantes presented the idea to then Population Division head Zenaida Quijana and then Information System head Edwin Manaois which led to the website’s creation.

In March 2005, Bonjing drop boxes were placed strategically at the Baguio City National High School and University of the Philippines Baguio where students could drop their inquiries confidentially. The electronic-mail based information and education campaign was launched two months later.

In August that same year, it was hailed as “best e-practices in health services for young adults” during the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in Taipei, Taiwan besting nine other nominees from the Philippines.

From then on, the website got best practice awards and recognition from the academe, the Baguio City Police Office, and various groups. It also gained appreciation for the information and education it has been providing for the youth.  

Ten years after conceptualization, they came up with a Bonjing booklet on frequently asked questions by the youth that Brillantes brought together during the Bonjing Health Congress.

The booklet is a compilation of questions received in the e-inquiry, drop boxes, and the telephone hotline.

Brillantes said a separate meeting will be set for a better and inclusive service through the Bonjing Team. – Julie G. Fianza