March 5, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – In a proactive move to address the wellbeing of its youth, the Population and Development Office, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Municipal Health Office, and the Bontoc Municipal Police Station organized a seminar-orientation on adolescent reproductive health, stress management, and substance use prevention, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Population Program Officer II Elizabeth Faba-an said the initiative aimed to foster a supportive environment for the youth. A total of 504 senior high school students from Saint Vincent’s School, Inc.-high school department and Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School attended.

To ensure effective engagement and a more interactive and dynamic learning environment, the participants were divided into six batches.

The session on adolescent reproductive health equipped the students with knowledge about their own wellbeing, emphasizing on responsible choices and healthy behaviors.

The lecture on stress management provided valuable insights and coping mechanisms for the challenges often faced by adolescents.

Substance use prevention aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and empower the youth to make informed decisions.

In his message, Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., encouraged the participants to join in-school and community activities that would enrich their knowledge, develop their skills, and boost their confidence.

“Remember, the choices you make today will shape the future you desire. Choose greatness over destruction, empowerment over helplessness, and success over failure,” Tudlong said. – Christy Mae C. Pangesfan