Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK), a program implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Dole Philippines, Inc., LGU Polomolok and other stakeholders, conducted a Peer Educators and peer Counselors Training on October 29-31, 2018 at Durian Garden Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The 3-day activity was attended by 57 student and PYAP participants and 22 teacher-facilitators from 10 public high schools of the municipality.
The activities include the following: Expectation Setting – Participants were able to express their expectations about the training; Rationale and Overview Presentation – Ms. Victoria “Wiki” Hamilton presented the rationale of the training and encouraged the participants to take their parts as catalyst of change in the community; Creation of House Rules – the participants were given the opportunity to make the house rules for the training, thus, ensuring their participation and obedience of the said rules; Presentation of Action Plans per School – Students and PYAP participants were given the time to present their action plans which include monthly meetings, radio broadcasting, ARH camp, monitoring of girl-boy relationships, etc. and the budget needed to conduct the activities; Commitment Session – Participants, divided per school and the PYAP was considered as one, were given supplies to draw their right hand on and write their plan of actions to remind them of their duties a d responsibilities as peer educators; Impressions – the participants were given opportunity to speak their minds on the training, both the negative and positive impressions were noted.; and lastly, the Closing Activities – the facilitators and participants were given their certificates of participation.
PTFK Program aims to raise awareness of teenage groups regarding adolescent sexuality, adolescent reproductive health and prevention of STI/HIV/AIDS.