TABUK CITY, Kalinga – In line with the school’s advocacy on adolescent health particularly on the intensified prevention of teenage pregnancy and early marriage, the Guidance Office in partnership with the School Health Clinic of the Tabuk City National High School (TCNHS) organized an orientation on Population and Development to be attended by grade 9 pupils on February 2, 6, 7, 9, 2017.
Mary Jasmin Pimentel, guidance counselor II said that the program includes three parts: first is the orientation of 30 grade 9 teachers on Population and Development and Population Development Education (PopDevEd) Learning in the morning of February 2, second is a Homeroom Guidance on February 6 and third is the ‘’True Love Sa Tamang Panahon’’ seminar on February 7,8,9 for grade 9 students; both held in the afternoon.
Seeking for the success of the event that makes participants as advocates for the prevention of teenage pregnancy, Pimentel said that the school invited speaker from the City Population Commission Office for a discussion and video presentation to commence the first part.
When asked about the inclusion of grade 9 students as target participants to the event, Pimentel revealed that they have 10 grade 10 students who got pregnant and already living- in with their partner while studying. This, she said is very alarming hence, this advocacy to enable the youth deepen their values, prioritize their study and have an informed choice in making their lives better while they are young.
In quest of zero teenage pregnancy cases in TCNHS, the guidance counselor quoted that ‘’true love waits, endures and perseveres.’’
By Darwin S. Serion