By Mar Supnad
BALANGA CITY, Bataan — The Provincial Youth Council (BYPC) announced Tuesday that the upcoming Youth Month celebration this August will focus on health and social issues.
“During our recent meeting, mental health problems which include depression and suicide are among the issues raised by the member-agencies,” Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Head Marilyn Tigas disclosed.
As such, BYPC will be holding in August a Healthy Lifestyle and Mental Health Awareness seminar for the members of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-Bataan Chapter.
Meanwhile, after drawing flak in previous years brought about by being a non-performing asset (NPA), the new leadership of the youth has vowed to become productive members of the community and work for the interest of the public.
Precious Manuel, the newly-elected Federated president of Sangguniang Kabataan ( SK) who is an ex-officio member of the provincial board, said that she joined the youth organization not for profit but for service to the public.
In an impromptu interview with this writer, SK president, an accounting graduate, said that she also wanted to prove that the SKs can play a major role in pushing for the interest and welfare of the youth, contrary to the claim of others that the SKs are doing nothing except receiving their salaries.
“ I want to prove that we can work hand in hand with the local leadership of Gov. Abet Garcia to attain the objectives and programs intended for the youth,” pointed out Manuel..
Manuel and the other leaders of SKs in various towns and city took their oath before Gov Garcia inside Louis restaurant over the weekend.
Noting their major role in the community, Governor Garcia challenged the new leaders of the Sangguniang Kabataan ( SK) in the province to unite and work for the betterment of the youth.
Gov.Garcia’s told the youth leaders that the election was just one day and “ it is now time to embrace your once political opponents for the sake of unity and the province.”
To give her moral support, Ms. Manuel was accompanied by her mother Maricel and the president of Association of barangay captains Basilio S Layug of Dinalupihan town, who is also an ex-officio member of the town council.“Ms. Manuel is bright, talented and industrious,” said Layug.