Stronger Bilateral Ties. Honorable Zhou Youbin, Consul and Head of Post, Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Laoag City, in his keynote message during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden congratulates the City Government and the Baguio Filipino Chinese Community for showing a strong partnership that showcases the good relationship between China and the Philippines. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Women personnel of the Philippine National Police joins the Independence Day parade in Baguio City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

PRO - Cor Regional Director P/BGen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, in his keynote message during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration calls for bravery and unity in ensuring peaceful and progressive communities to live in, especially for the younger generations. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Convergence for peace and development. Officials from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTC - ELCAC) headed by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) for Cordillera and Department of Budget and management OIC Undersecretary Janet Abuel and National Security Adviser Deputy Director General Rufino Lopez Jr. and Cordillera Regional Development Council members affirm their partnership and convergence in pushing for peaceful and progressive communities. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day. Student performers showcases Cordillera culture during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino Chinese Friendship Day. A Dragon Dance Performance from students of Chinese Patriotic School opens the 2019 Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day program at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

SLU Cultural performers in an intermission during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration at PFVR Gym. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Balik Pinas, Hanapbuhay. OWWA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuela Peña, during the Migrant Workers Day program at the Benguet Sports Complex June 8, awards P20,000 (each) livelihood assistance check to returning OFWs under their Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera LGUs eye solutions to youth RH issues

BAGUIO CITY -- Different government agencies are eyeing solutions to major problems faced by the young people in the Cordillera, the Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) of the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.


“The thrust of the government is to ensure that all adolescents have access to comprehensive health care and services in an adolescent-friendly environment,” Vince Ingen, AHDP coordinator, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview.

He said municipal level strategic plans will be done and hopefully backed by ordinances to give teeth to the measure, which have been identified as possible solutions to the youth's problems.

He said that in several workshops conducted in the different Cordillera provinces, youth participants in the AHDP technical working group were able to gather inputs that will allow the agency stakeholders on youth welfare to determine issues and problems and come up with possible solutions.

Members and officers of the Sangguniang Kabataan were the participants in the workshop.

Ingen said teenage pregnancy, depression, human immuno virus (HIV), violence, physical injuries, substance abuse and alcohol use were among the problems identified by the workshop participants, which are common problems besetting the sector in the region.

Among the suggestions that emanated from the participants included the conduct of a parent-child seminar by the local government units on the topic of contraceptives and sex education to allow both to learn and for the parents to provide proper guidance to their children.

“This should be especially done in rural areas where there is limited knowledge and supply of contraceptives,” Ingen said.

During the forums conducted in the provinces of Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Benguet including Baguio, participants suggested that there will also be strict implementation of the ordinances at the local government unit, provision for free contraceptives, and setting up of free clinics and health stations that will cater to the sector.

“We will prioritize the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth at the earliest opportunity in a crisis to protect young people from sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and early pregnancy,” Ingen said.

A monitoring system will be put in place to see to the implementation of the programs geared towards addressing the issues.

The Technical Working Group (TWG), together with the ADHP, will be in-charge with the monitoring of strategic planning based on local plans, technical assistance of field implementers, networking and resource mobilization, research and development agenda setting, Reporting and Information sharing of lessons learned and good practices.

He said the drafting of the municipal health system technical road map intends to provide mechanism to objectively monitor the progress of the local health system in terms of adolescent health and development.

There will also be a support group that will localize planning based on implementing and monitoring of prioritized programs, projects and activities (PPA), networking and resource mobilization and documentation and reporting of field experiences.

Ingen added that agency heads and representatives present during the workshops vowed to make their programs and activities for the next three years aligned to address the identified issues.

Ingen explained that the workshops were done in the whole region, with the sector themselves as participants to get the real score of the situation besetting the reproductive health of the youth vis-a-vis the experiences that will allow government agencies to properly handle the situation. (PNA)

By Pamela Mariz Geminiano




  • PRO-COR confers proficiency awards to 35 police units

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 13 (PIA) - - The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-COR) conferred  Proficiency awards to 35  police units in three provinces  in the Cordillera on Monday, June 10 at  Camp  Bado Dangwa here.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • Itogon LGU conducts IEC on disaster preparedness in barangays

    ITOGON, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) -- The municipal government here is set to conduct a massive and intensive information education and communication (IEC) campaign on disaster preparations and readiness in the different barangays with the upcoming rainy season.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • OWWA leads Migrant Workers Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 7(PIA) - - Around 500 Overseas Filipino Workers, OFW Family Circles and their dependents are expected to join this year’s celebration of Migrant Workers Day this Saturday, June 8.

Mt. Province

  • RNET-CAR conducts M&E using new tool

    BONTOC,  Mountain Province, June 3 (PIA)- -The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) in the region  are currently   conducting   nutrition monitoring and evaluation (M &E) activity using the new and revised nutrition evaluation tool  dubbed Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI-Pro).

  • Sagada folks ask “where’s the 36M Boasaw waters”

    SAGADA, Mountain Province – “Where’s the Boasaw waters” is a much questioned issue during Sagada’s synchronized political rallies especially here at the Poblacion area.

  • CSC awards posthumous award to police officer

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Cordillera Regional Director  Marilyn E. Taldo awarded the posthumous Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) to the family of the late Police Officer II Henry T. Dion in recognition of his dedication, selflessness and sacrifice in the performance of his duties during Monday's  flag raising ceremony  held at the Provincial Plaza here. 

  • DTI confers Bagwis Award to 7 business establishments in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conferred the Bagwis Bronze Award to seven business establishments in the province. 

  • Mountain Province remains peaceful

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, April 15 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. assured residents and tourists that the province is peaceful and orderly amid the recent firefights.


  • DTI launches 'Negosyo sa Barangay' in Ifugao

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province launched Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) last week  in this municipality.

  • Ifugao LGU provides incentives to 27 nonagenarians

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 13 (PIA) - - Twenty seven nonagenarians here received incentives from the local government unit (LGU) in recognition for their long lives.

  • Ifugao MPS initiates fund raising event for ailing boy

    HUNGDUAN, Ifugao, June 7 (PIA) - - The Municipal Police Station (MPS) here has initiated   “run for a cause”   to help the family of an ailing boy for his medication.

  • PNP – Ifugao all set for opening of classes

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - Members of the Philippine National Police in the province are ready for the opening of classes on Monday, June 3, the acting provincial director assured.

  • IFSU strengthens international ties with Taiwan's NCCU

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - The lone state  university in the province  here is strengthening its international linkages for academic cooperation and research collaborations with  foreign universities towards the fulfilment  of its vision  of a globally recognized University upholding excellence amidst rich cultural heritage.





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