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Palauig SHS students join VYLH-Philippines thru K4Health

PALAUIG, ZAMBALES - The Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines conducted its third implementation of K4Health (Kabataan for Health) at Rofulo M. Landa High School in Palauig, Zambales from July 28-30.

The three-day training camp was done in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Palauig, Zambales. It was organized to mobilize the youth to be advocates for a healthier Philippines. After the training, the new volunteers will be under the supervision of the local health office. 

The event facilitated by eight members of The UPLB Genetics Society was participated by 26 senior high school students from two different schools namely: Locloc National High School and Rofulo M. Landa High School. They were also joined by their Supreme Student Government advisers and teachers.

Palauig DTTB Dr. Trisha Torga
The Palauig installment of K4Health differs from the previous implementations in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija (2016) and Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (2017) with the inclusion of non-communicable disease prevention and teenage pregnancy prevention among the advocacies to be promoted by the student volunteers. These advocacies were suggested by Rural Health Physician and Doctor-to-the-Barrio (DTTB) Dr. Trisha Torga in consideration of the health statistics of the municipality. 

With these in mind, lectures on community health and development, teenage pregnancy, non-communicable diseases and volunteerism were given on the first day. Furthermore, lectures about preconception health and VYLH-Philippines advocacies namely folic acid awareness and newborn screening were taught on the second day. Through a role playing activity, groups were also tasked to show the possible real-life scenarios related to the advocacies supported by K4Health.

The newly inducted facis and youth volunteers were added to the roster of members under VYLH-Philippines Batch Kalilintad, the Maranao term meaning ‘peace’. 

On the last day of the training camp, an advocacy demonstration and slogan presentation of their assigned topic was done by each group as an evaluation of their knowledge and their ability on imparting these knowledge to others. Constructive criticism and review of their performance was also provided for each group presentation. Afterwards, the elections of officers of VYLH-Philippines K4Health Palauig was done with Rhenelyn Escoball of Locloc National High School elected as the President.

Some parents were also invited during the program and they were introduced to the network's advocacies through a small group discussion. Dr. Trisha Torga shared the services of the Municipal Health Offices.

The program ended with a closing remarks from The UPLB Genetics Society’s VYLH-Philippines Committee Head Mr. Joshua Hernandez saying, “Alam kong hindi niyo masasaulo in three days lahat ng tinuro namin. Ang gusto kong matutunan niyo yung sa tingin niyo naimpart namin yung advocacies at halaga nito yung kahit in your own words kaya niyong i-explain sa kapwa kabataan niyo.” (I know that you would not be able to remember within those three days everything that we have thought. But what I want all of you to learn are the advocacies at their essence which you can explain to other youths when put in your own words).

GeneSoc's VYLH-Philippines Committee Head
Joshua Hernandez
Written by Andrea Kariza Formantes (Batch Kabilin)
The UPLB Genetics Society

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