Representatives from the President Elpidio Quirino National High School, Municipal Health Office, Commission on Population and Development, and the Provincial Health Office-Population Unit attended the launching and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the school’s Teen Center on April 26, 2022.

The Municipality of Agoo launched its first Teen Center in the President Elpidio Quirino National High School (PEQNHS) on April 26, 2022.

 The center will serve as a convergence area for the students to express their thoughts and ideas and to conduct academic, extracurricular, and recreational activities. It will also be a facility that provides medical and social services such as counseling and reproductive health care among the adolescents in the school. It will operate from Monday to Friday at 8:00am-5:00pm. It is temporarily manned by the SSG adviser and school nurse until peer educators will be trained.

The launching of the teen center was formalized through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) represented by Regional Director Erma R. Yapit and PEQNHS represented by Dr. Oscar D. Gatchalian, School Principal. Also present during the event were representatives from the Supreme Student Government Officers, School Teachers, POPCOM I, Municipal Health Office, and the Provincial Health Office-Population Unit.

Students strike a pose together with the IEC materials and indoor board games in the school’s teen center.

IEC materials and indoor board games were also turned over to the school as one of POPCOM’s counterpart in support of the Teen Center.

In his message, Dr. Gatchalian was profoundly elated and grateful as this was the first teen center established in the municipality.  “This is something that you cannot compare to other schools kasi mangilan-ngilan lang,” he expressed.

POPCOM Regional Director Erma R. Yapit hopes that through the establishment of the Teen Center, positive values will be reinforced among the students which will help them become responsible adolescents and responsible parents in the future. (by: Mae Grace M. Ariola/ POPCOM Region I)