ALABEL, Sarangani, April 29 (PIA)—The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) here has intensified its information drive to educate the youth of the municipality on the ill-effects of the COVID-19 and how the vaccination program of the government works.
“Meron po kaming centralized information as to paano po kumakalat yung COVID, paano ma-aacquire ang COVID. And as of now po, meron din po kaming information dissemination campaign as to how these vaccines, yung vaccines na tinuturok or iniimplement ni government to the people,” said Pambayang Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan (PPSK) President Generose Navarro during the Network Briefing Wednesday with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Jusan Vincent “JV” Arcena.
Navarro said there are youth critics who see the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing vaccination program of the government as a conspiracy theory. However, she clarified that most of the youth in Alabel are excited with the vaccination.
“Actually, excited po sila for the vaccination. Siguro on the lighter part, they see it as safety.”
She said they wanted to dismiss misconceptions by giving the youth the right information, explaining to them the processes and the benefits that they could get from the inoculation program in case they will become recipients of the vaccines.
“Medyo ma-question po talaga yung youth namin dito sa Alabel, so we opted to inform them as to the benefits and the welfare that is being perceived by the government as to the vaccination program,” she explained.
Navarro also shared how the SK helped the municipal government in its programs and activities to fight COVID-19 and mitigate the impact of the pandemic for the residents of Alabel.
“For the past one and a half year po ng pagpaspok ng COVID in our municipality, we support the programs and projects of the municipality. So apart po sa lahat ng programa ni mayor at sa lahat ng programa each barangay, meron po si SK initiatives to support those programs.”
She disclosed that half of their budget was allocated to support the local government’s quarantine facilities as each barangay was required to have its own quarantine facility.
“So si SK po is providing equipment like bed sheets, or comfort room equipment like tabo po, yung mga sabon, yung mga hygiene kits,” she explained.
With 35 percent of the town’s population composed of young individuals belonging to the youth sector, Navarro said the biggest contribution of the SK in the ongoing pandemic is the distribution of assistance to BIBAs or the Batang Ina and Batang Ama or young parents ages 15-30 years old, and those young individuals ages 24-30 years old who lost their job.
“So noong time po na nawalan ng trabaho yung mga kabataan natin, with the responsibiltiy of having a family, binigyan po natin sila ng support to sustain their daily needs. Yun po yung pinakamalaking naiambag ni SK because most of our funds annually, annual fund talaga po yung nagastos namin for those goods to sustain their everyday lives during quarantine,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Navarro disclosed that for the future projects of the SK, these will be implemented based on the protocols set by the local inter-agency task force to ensure the safety of the youth.
This year, she said they will implement programs through online but with a huge scope like the decentralization of internet connections from the schools to the barrios especially that Alabel has colleges, integrated schools, and several secondary and elementary schools in the area.
“So sa socio-economic naman po, meron po tayong program, si SK, that will encourage our youth na parang sort of agricultural investment sa kanilang bakuran. That way, they can support their parents, pwede po nilang gamiting business yung home garden nila, at pwede rin nilang gamitin for their personal consumption,” she explained.
Navarro urged her fellow youth not to get discouraged and bear with the challenges of the pandemic especially on their struggles as students.
She encouraged them to strengthen their faith to God and combat disinformation and wrong ideologies.
“So, manalig lang po tayo sa Maykapal and sama-sama po tayong puksain, not the COVID per se, but the misconception and the wrong ideology of our society,” she pointed out. (PGFruylan/PIA- SarGen)