Wednesday, November 30, 2016

VYLH-Philippines holds Youth Camp in Clark

To strengthen volunteerism and expand the network of youth leaders who help increase public awareness on newborn screening (NBS) and other health issues, the Department of Health–Regional Office (DOH-RO) 3, in collaboration with the Newborn Screening Center–Central Luzon (NSC-CL), organized a camp for the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) titled “Kabilin: Revolutionizing Health Promotion through Youth Participation” at the Stotsenberg Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, on October 13-14, 2016.

Student leaders from different universities and members of the Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) in Central Luzon were invited to participate and were introduced to VYLH and its advocacies. Afterward, the participants worked in groups for leadership training and teambuilding. During the socials night, cultural presentations were performed by the different groups. 

On the second day, an election of officers was held. Provincial VYLH coordinators and assistant coordinators were elected as follows: Al Francis Yapes for Aurora, Jenalyn Baluyot for Bataan, Mark Anthony Tapispisan for Bulacan, Ella Lavina Domingo for Nueva Ecija, Edison Obsena for Olongapo City, Aileen Magcalas for Pampanga, and Elvin Plantilla for Tarlac. 

Later, Madeline Gayle Tayag, DOH-RO 3 NBS Coordinator, presented the current health situation of the country, DOH programs, and updates on NBS in the region. Dr. Marie Adrianne Salunga, NSC-CL Unit Head, discussed the Expanded Newborn Screening program.

As culminating activity, the participants devised plans to promote the advocacies of the organization. The plans were presented to a panel of reactors from NSC-CL and DOH-RO 3 for feedbacks and recommendations. The program ended with a symbolic imprinting of hand marks to indicate their full
commitment to the VYLH network. NDelaCruz

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