July 19, 2024

The Synergize, Innovation, and Gravitate Leadership towards Adaptive Technologies (Siglat) Youth Innovation Hub of the city government has served more than 2,000 clients since its opening Sept. 1 last year.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the facility located at the basement of the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center is serving its purpose as a “safe and inclusive space to improve young people’s safety, well-being and quality of life in urban environments.”

Youth Hub overseer Micaela Rimando, junior technical staff of the City Planning, Development and Sustainability Office (CPSDO) under Arch. Donna Tabangin, said the clients numbering 1,903 youths and 280 adults  availed of the various amenities offered in the hub’s three co-working spaces – the creative space, thinkers room and the safe and sound space.

The creative space offers free use of equipment for prototyping and other activities including computers, i-MAC high-end PC, 3D printers, mailing machines and even microphones for presentations.

At the time of the visit to the facility, University of the Cordilleras students were spotted while in the course of installing a prototype of zero waste vending machine.

The space also caters to collaborative activities on sustainable development goals offering services in seminars and workshops and the like including speaking and other technical services, venue, food and even program preparations.

The thinker’s room offers a free venue for conferences and meetings for small groups with a fan, projector, and wifi.

The safe and sound space is a place allotted for rest with free use of its library on SDG, television and wifi.

To avail of the services, interested parties may message their Facebook page Siglat – Baguio Youth Innovation Hub.

The Youth Hub project was implemented by the CPDSO to serve as a developing center for youth collaboration and innovation toward making their city livable and resilient.

Tabangin said it aims “to involve young people in ideating and implementing innovative solutions for tracking safety challenges and provide opportunities for young people and local government officers to promote dialogue and encourage them to co-create innovative solutions with other urban stakeholders to improve safety in their cities.

The initiative is in collaboration with the Safe and Sound Cities program, led by the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation in partnership with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and the Cordilleran Youth Center.  It is hosted by the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and supported by the Fondation Botnar.

Social innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem expert Erwin Lizarondo who served as project consultant of the city said that while there are many innovation hubs established in the country, the city’s facility is the first to exclusively cater to the youth. – Aileen P. Refuerzo