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Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur youth remain active amid pandemic

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Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur youth remain active amid pandemic

STA. MARIA, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 20 (PIA) – –  The Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in Ilocos Sur continue to conduct activities benefitting all sectors in their communities in this time of pandemic.

During the Laging Handa Network Briefing on January 15, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur SK Federation President Kyle Therese Andrea Ong highlighted all the initiatives and projects conducted by the youth in their municipality under the new normal.

Recognizing the efforts of frontliners, the youth distributed relief goods to them who were still on 24/7 duty despite the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine last year.

With the adoption of virtual and other modalities of learning, the youth group helped in the  distribution of  school supplies and still offer free printing services to help every student in their municipality.

Moreover, with many of their events canceled or held virtually, SK Federation Pres. Ong said that they celebrated the International Youth Day adhering to the protocols of the national and provincial IATF.

“We had a poster-making contest, a song-and-dance performance about the youth, spoken poetry for kids, and a webinar about youth resiliency and leadership in times of crisis to tackle the mental health of our youth leaders who are juggling academics and leadership,” she said.

An outreach program to one of the remotest sitios in their municipality – Sitio Paring was also conducted where they have to walk for almost two hours and climb a mountain to reach its residents.

“For our outreach program, we have given 25 Christmas packs to 25 families, 25 sets of school supplies to Grade-schoolers, and benefitted around 30 children for our feeding program,” she added.

Just like last year when they distributed pamphlets of COVID-19 infographics to all barangays in their municipality, this year, she said they will also focus on helping with the information dissemination on the implementation of provincial and municipal COVID-19 vaccination programs.

“With the platforms we have right now, the youth can play a big role in disseminating facts about the vaccine, why we should have it and (know) its effects.  By participating, we can show our solidarity and support with our national, provincial and municipal government in their campaign to fight this coronavirus,” she said.

“Extending the information to the different barangays will also help in clarifying some concerns and certifying the facts from fake news. Hence, it will be a good avenue for the people to freely express their thoughts about it,” she added.

In addition, she said that one of the projects they have filed for this year is the building of an SK Teen Center which will serve as an avenue for the youth wherein they can voice out their needs and concerns and where they can also interact with other SK for them to consider it as safe haven for them to enjoy.

We will focus on enhancing ourselves to achieve 100 percent  financial Independence and hopefully, makagawa kami ng more environmental projects this year like coastal clean-up or any clean-up drive,” she added. (JCR/VHS/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)