COLUMBIO, Sultan Kudarat, Jan. 15 (PIA) - "Our sector, the Sanguniang Kabataan has engaged in various significant endeavors during the pandemic," a local youth leader told the Philippine Information Agency here.
Columbio town Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Harley Davidson Bermudez explained after guesting at the PCOO-run program Network Briefing News that aside from the problems brought about by the pandemic, his colleagues are not spared from the mounting depression problems that had caused suicide cases, as what's taking place in nearby places.
Bermudez said, that to remedy this, the SK initiated projects and mental health awareness activities and psychological debriefing in every barangay to avoid suicide cases from among the young ones.
"We also had a trainer's training for adolescents in preparation for the establishment of our adolescents' center in our barangay. We held an outreach program in remote areas of the municipality to spread awareness on the consequences of early marriage and teenage pregnancy.
"We distributed online kits for students enrolled in online classes. In the early quarter of 2020, we had a career guidance project where we helped students to choose the appropriate course for them and we also gave out information for late enrollees so they can go back to school," the SK president said, stressing that under his leadership, the youth get involved in various projects undertaken in different barangays.
"We gave face masks and alcohol to our constituents in our municipality. We had a training on making face shields for our residents and a workshop on making face masks," the young leader added of their anti-COVID-19 initiatives using their P100,000 COVID fund for the youth from the barangays. .
During the recent government Serbisyo Caravan by the RTF ELCAC in Columbio town, the SK took active part by giving assistance to the youth in various barangays. "We have our Lingkod Kabataan Program where the SK officials went around and gave out vitamins, free haircuts, spread awareness on how to avoid COVID-19 and other illness like dengue."
With the help of DSWD and in partnership with the local government, 50 out-of-school youths benefited from the cash-for-work program.
Other SK projects funded from their P120,000 allocations from the barangay, include, a tree planting activity to restore the beauty of the environment; training on making tribal accessories for the Lumad brothers and sisters; and a contest on Gulayan sa Bakuran to encourage residents to plant in their backyards with corresponding prizes.
The SK also inititated Livelihood programs for out-of-school youth, young mothers, young fathers, and members of the LGBTQ community, wherein 50 young mothers were beneficiaries of the animal dispersal, and a training for manicure and pedicure where 50 barber kits were distributed to young fathers and LGBTQ members, Bermudez said. (AC Agad/PIA Sultan Kudarat)