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Teen Center finalist in 2017 Galing Pook Awards

Create: 10/25/2017 - 16:19

Vice Governor Christine Garin and Provincial Population Officer Ramon Yee, together with Iloilo's Adolescent Health and Youth Development Team, received the plaque for TEENiran as finalist in 2017 Galing Pook Awards from Guest Speaker Senator Sonny Angara and Galing Pook Foundation Chairperson Ma. Lourdes Fernando during the awarding ceremony held at Novetel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City on October 12, 2017.

ILOILO – For the second time, TEENiran, the school-based multipurpose teen center project of the provincial government, was awarded as finalist in Galing Pook Awards 2017. Implemented under Iloilo’s Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program of the Provincial Population Office, TEENiran made it to the finals out of the 158 applications to the search.

Vice Governor Christine Garin and Provincial Population Officer Ramon Yee, together with Iloilo's Adolescent Health and Youth Development Team, received the plaque for TEENiran as finalist in 2017 Galing Pook Awards from Guest Speaker Senator Sonny Angara and Galing Pook Foundation Chairperson Ma. Lourdes Fernando during the awarding ceremony held at Novetel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City on October 12, 2017.

“Although we didn’t make it to the top 10, we are still very proud that we made it to finals once again,” said Yee.

Yee and Defensor defended the project before the 19-member national selection committee of Galing Pook Foundation during the panel presentation and interview highlighting the impact of the project to the teenagers as shown in the declining trend of truancy, bullying, smoking, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy and minor offenders in 14 pilot public high schools in the province.

During the panel interview, Defensor reiterated that the project was introduced for the teenagers to do meaningful things during their free time at school away from the influence of risky sexual and non-sexual activities.

Iloilo TEENiran is coined from Hiligaynon word “tiniran”, which means “a place to hangout”. But it is not an ordinary “tambayan”, according to Yee considering that it provides youth-friendly services in guidance counseling, spearheads peer-led activities for skills advancement and personality development, and promotes friendship and understanding among peers and adults.

It also offers educational or recreational programs and it has become a venue where students, including out-of-school youth, can freely share their aspirations and problems in growing up.

It started in five public high schools, one in each district in 2011. It then expanded to 48 public high schools, including two island barangay high schools in Concepcion and Carles.

The municipal mayor serves as the municipal teen center chair and collaborates closely with the principal, liga ng mga barangay, alumni, non-government organizations and even faith-based organizations in operationalizing, supervising and monitoring the teen center.

Yee said the project has gained public acceptability as the most strategic way to address the need for a safe facility where the students could go and spend their free time, share interests and socialize, and not to engage in risky activities detrimental to their future.