Loreto SKs advocate anti-terrorism activities in AgSur

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – During the Network Briefing News aired on Friday, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the municipality of Loreto in Agusan del Sur expressed their support for the government’s efforts in ending local communist armed conflict in the province.
Nicka Juliet Rafanan, SK Federation President of said municipality bared that there is a need for the youth to understand better the disadvantages of joining the communist terrorist group. She elaborated on the negative impacts of the terroristic acts in society.
“This is very important because some barangays here are under monitoring for terrorist presence because some youth are easily recruited. Others really lack the right knowledge on the government’s programs and services that’s why they are easily deceived by the communist group,” said Rafanan.
She further recognized the efforts and initiatives of the concerned government agencies in reaching out to the sector to provide for their needs and promote their rights and welfare. “The government has been constantly reaching out to the youth particularly in the far-flung barangays and we as young leaders in our municipality really support this kind of activities which could help improve the way of life of our constituents,” she underscored.
When asked about their counterpart in the implementation of the government’s vaccination program, Rafanan revealed that many of the target priority sectors in their municipality expressed that the vaccination is really helpful to protect them from the transmission of the deadly virus. The information campaign of the LGU is also intensified and the SKs are active in the advocacy in their respective barangays.
“As to the preparation for the vaccination by the SK councils here in Loreto, it  went well. Many got vaccinated, almost all SK chairpersons and they only felt minimal side effects. Since the Rural Health Unit of Loreto also conducted an information dissemination campaign in our barangays, most of the youth here are willing to get vaccinated,” cited Rafanan.
Meanwhile, on the increasing number of teenage pregnancy, she emphasized the need to gear up information drive efforts on sex education among youth and other activities that will enhance their interest and become more productive academically and in other curricular activities.
“We give the youth awareness on sex education through an information education campaign and give them activities for team building. We also conduct guidance counseling so they can fight off negative or unhealthy thoughts,” she said. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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