2017 Youth for Development tackles HIV in Lanao del Norte

2017 Youth for Development tackles HIV in Lanao del Norte.

This year’s Youth for Development (Y4D) Program has come to an end and the last part of the leg was held in the Municipality of Kapatagan. This series of awareness campaign brought all concerned Departments and Offices of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte throughout the Province to demonstrate the commitment of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo through the “Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative Program” in giving importance to the children and youth of Lanao del Norte.

Y4D program aims to assure the well-being of the youth of Lanao del Norte; may it be Social, Mental, Physical or Moral. This program encourages them to develop and harness their abilities in nation building and in the continuance of peace and development of the province.

The activities that were prepared during the Municipal visits were Symposiums and Seminars, like Youth Leadership on how to be an Effective Individual in the Society, Sexually Healthy and Personally Effective (SHAPE) Adolescent as well as increasing awareness on risky behaviors especially Pre-Marital Sex and the impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to a person’s life.

HIV is a virus that attacks cells of the human body’s immune system which makes it weak and vulnerable to other diseases and illnesses. HIV can only be transmitted through specific activities. Most common activities that people could get or transmit HIV are through infected needles or syringe and unprotected sexual contact. In addition, pregnant women with HIV could pass the virus to the baby’s body. This could happen in the last few weeks of pregnancy, during labour or delivery. Breast feeding the baby can also transmit HIV, because the virus can also be found in the breast milk.

HIV is not transmitted by Air, Water, Saliva, Sweat, Tears, or Closed-Mouth Kissing, Insects or Pets, Sharing Toilets, Food, or Drinks.

Last year alone the rate of young Filipinos that have been infected by HIV have increased dramatically, 19 out of 29 youth is within the age bracket of 15-24 years old this is according to Commissioner Percival Cendaña of the National Youth Commission.

Y4D’s goal is to inform and educate the youth of Lanao del Norte by conducting awareness drive from place to place within the Province in a clear and understandable manner that will help prevent the virus from spreading and ways to avoid it and at the same time moulding the youth to be efficient and productive individuals for the years to come.

Ms. Ananette B. Daniel, Head of the Provincial Population Office facilitated the lecture and generously gives advice to young participants to be resilient against temptations and the challenges of life in order to achieve a better future.

This year’s Y4D is a success due to the concerted efforts of the Offices of the 1st and 2nd District Representatives and the Provincial Governor’s Office represented by The Provincial Population Office along with The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, The Public Employment Service Office, The Provincial Community Affairs Division, The Provincial Information Office, The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Philippine Army’s (15th and 35th Infantry Battalion), The Department of Interior and Local Government and The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources.

Y4D Program is in continuity and inspired by the program “Kabataan Sigurado” of former Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo now 1st District Congressman of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN

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