San Vi­cente youth con­cerned over health, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment

Palawan News - - TOWNS -

Young peo­ple in San Vi­cente town are mostly con­cerned about health, ed­u­ca­tion, and en­vi­ron­ment, the re­sult of a re­cent youth fo­rum in the town showed.

Mark Ta­ban­gay, Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent of the town, said to ad­dress these con­cerns of over 600 youth par­tic­i­pants, so­lu­tions have been iden­ti­fied and in­cluded in the Lo­cal Youth De­vel­op­ment Plan (LYDP) they crafted on Oc­to­ber 6.

“Since we are a pre­miere tourist des­ti­na­tion, malaki ang gagam­panang role talaga ng mga ka­bataan in se­cur­ing a clean and ef­fi­cient en­vi­ron­ment in San Vi- cente,” Ta­ban­gay said.

He said the youth par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed the ris­ing num­ber of teen preg­nancy, hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus in­fec­tion and ac­quired im­mune de­fi­ciency syn­drome (HIV/AIDS), tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, dengue, and malaria.

The town’s youth also agreed to ap­peal to the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment to al­low in­tern­ships and to re­move mis­cel­la­neous fees in “free ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

While tu­ition fees are now free, there are stil many poor res­i­dents of San Vi­cente that are out of school be­cause they can­not af­ford the cost of trans­porta­tion and mis­cel­la­neous fees.

“Main pur­pose talaga nito ay to train them and ma-ex­pose sa govern­ment op­er­a­tions para in the next few years, sila na yong magig­ing em­p­leyado ng mu­nisipyo. Ka­pag du­mat­ing yong time na ‘yon mas knowl­edge­able sila sa op­er­a­tions,” he said.

Ta­ban­gay said his fel­low youth be­lieve that they need more ed­u­ca­tion on solid waste man­age­ment aware­ness, dis­as­ter risk prepa­ra­tion, wildlife preser­va­tion, and oth­ers to en­sure a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with SK chair­per­sons from the towns 10 barangays, “we agreed to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the LYDP that has been al­lo­cated P1.5 to P2 mil­lion for Year 1-2018,” he said.

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