A training on Peer Counselling and Education has recently been conducted to build capacity of youth focals and PYAP (Pag Asa Youth Association of the Philippines) Federation Officers in Northern Mindanao.

Twenty-five representatives from various Provinces and Cities within the region participated the said activity.  The training is aimed to build the capacity of the participants in delivering informal or organized educational activities, with their peers/ youth in helping them develop their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills.

Furthermore, participants are expected to better understand the concept of skills based health education and related peer-led health education methodologies, acquire accurate information about reproductive and sexual health issues including HIV /AIDS.

Focal persons and youth leaders were also expected to discuss their own attitudes and values regarding youth health education.

Workshops and various group activities were integrated within the four-day training sessions including simulation activities to gauge their skills in handling same type of training to various sectors aside from children and youth.

Actual output of the training would be the participants re-echoing of the training in their respective localities.

Resource persons include Mr. Mark Anthony Labriaga, Mr. Marvin Ted Membreve, both peer educators and youth advocates, Ms. Jaya Jowelel Agbu and Ms. Yulibelle Agbu, Youth Development Officer from the Local Government Unit of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

The training was organized and spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X.



Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD