The Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan thru Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program, celebrated the 3rd ARH DAY on September 20, 2019 – Friday, held at the Polomolok Municipal Gymnasium, Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato. This annual activity aims to provide a platform for the youth of Polomolok so they can express their awareness of reproductive health, STI/HIV/AIDS, substance abuse & mental health through arts and music.
This year’s theme ‘Ako. Kami. Oras Natin Ito’ – #AKONI was showcased by 110 students from 9 ARH-partner Schools and 2 Private Schools who participated in the following competitions; Modern Dance Competition & Song Writing Composition & Battle of the Bands, Rap Battle and Short Stories. These stunningly talented performances were witnessed by approximately, 6,000 students, teachers, special guests from the LGU & Dole Philippines Inc., parents as well as Mahintana staff, ARH-Partner Cooperative HEPOs and other support staff.
Messages of welcome, inspiration and support came from Municipal Health Officer Dr. Edwin D. Dipus, Councilor Hon. Florence Bansuelo-Carlos, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federated President Hon. April Dave Sorioso, and Brgy. Cannery Site Councilor Hon. David Amor. Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis encouraged the students to to think outside of the box and to keep an open mind. After the messages, the contest proper began. Moreover, A Collection of Teen Stories (A.C.T.S.) was launched featuring the short stories of students from ARH-partner schools and private schools. The Elimination Round for the Dance Competition and Rap Battle were conducted on August 27, 2019 and the Song Composition and Battle of the Bands on August 30, 2019. Below is the list of winners:
- Rap Battle: Champion – Upper Klinan NHS; 1st Runner up – Pablo Valencia NHS; 2nd Runner up – Polomolok NHS; 3rd Runner up – Silway 8 NHS
- Dance Competition: Champion – Poblacion Polomolok NHS; 1st Runner up – Silway 8 NHS; 2nd Runner up – Palkan NHS; 3rd Runner up – Dole Philippines School; 4th Runner up – Polomolok NHS
- Song Competition and Battle of the Bands: Champion – Saint Lorenzo School of Polomolok Inc.; 1st Runner up – Polomolok NHS; 2nd Runner up – Poblacion Polomolok NHS; 3rd Runner up – Bentung Sulit NHS; 4th Runner up – Landan NHS
- Short Story Writing: KC R. Saluna of Bentung Sulit NHS, Alessandra Dominique Yap of Dole Philippines School, and an unnamed entry from Pablo Valencia NHS.