Ceremonial blessing and launching of the San Fernando Teen Center for ISDN graced by Hon. Councilors Chary Nisce and Arnel Almazan, representatives from POPCOM and other regional agencies on August 20, 2021.

Following the success of the established SK Teen Centers in the 33 barangays of the City of San Fernando from August 2020 until February 2021, the San Fernando Teen Center for the Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) was finally launched on August 20, 2021 at the 2nd Floor of Marcos Building, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The San Fernando Teen Center for ISDN serves as the “mother hub” and referral network of all the established and will be established teen centers in the city. It shall facilitate a collaborative and coordinative mechanism that facilitates harmonized and complementary interventions for adolescent and youth-related services from different stakeholders in the locality. Its referral system makes it distinct from the others as it ensures continuum care; holistic services; and efficient monitoring and evaluation.

As POPCOM and the City Government of San Fernando support the integration of the youth in human and socio-economic development, the responsibility to create safe spaces for the youth has become the motivating ground to open better opportunities for them to live healthy, safe, productive and free from any forms of abuse.

The ISDN, which involves a network of facilities, institutions and service providers from the local government and non-government organizations, civil society organizations, private sectors and all relevant stakeholders, aims to foster shared visions, accountabilities and ownership; multisectoral partnerships; sharing and pooling of resources; and comprehensive provision of health and development interventions for the youth in the city.

“Sa lahat ng mga ginagawa natin, lagi nating sinisigurado na ang mga ito ay nakaangkla sa pagpapabuti at pagpapayabong ng San Fernando na itinatayo natin para sa ating mga anak. Bilang mga magulang, yun naman ang gusto natin ‘di ba, na maibigay sa kanila ang the best of the best,” said City Councilor Arnel A. Almazan as he reads the message of Hon. Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” A. Gualberto.

On behalf of Vice Mayor Alf Ortega, Hon. Chary Nisce, City Councilor, has also expressed her full support to the City Youth Development Office and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation for another milestone by creating additional “home” for the youth.

Also present were representatives from the Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH- CHD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine National police (PNP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), City Library, and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

POPCOM Regional Director Erma R. Yapit hopes that through the establishment and operationalization of the San Fernando Teen Center, better convergence and integration of information and services for the youth will be expected from the various local partners emphasizing the important roles that each ISDN member must embrace in response to the mandates of the Executive Order (EO) No. 141 on addressing the root causes of teen pregnancy. “I hope that this shall mark a start of a better implementation of integrated network among our partners,” she concluded. (by: Maria Cristina F. Martinez/ POPCOM Region I)