CORDS-X and Communications Sec. Martin Andanar highlights the activities and contributions of Barangay Lapasan SK in responding to the adverse effects of COVID-19. (SAYU/PIA10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (PIA)–With the altered programs and processes in the government due to coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Barangay Lapasan, here, seeks for more youth responsive systems to maximize the potential of the sector.
“We need to transform the system to be youth responsive
in the face of these trying times. Systems have been broken by this pandemic so we are pushing harder to rebuild it by transforming the system to be youth responsive,” Barangay Lapasan SK Kagawad JC Elreb Yamit said during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, March 27. 
To further harness the potentials of the youth, Yamit said they are also implementing the parental encouragement program that targets to help parents in educating the youth including COVID-19 awareness. They conduct such through communicating to the parents via short messaging service (SMS) or call. 
The SK in the said barangay also supports small enterprises in the area. “We need to be productive to at least help our family to provide food for our family. This will help not just the youth but also the parents in enabling their entrepreneurship skills; helping the youth to unlock their highest potential matters more than ever,” Yamit added.
As for COVID-19 response, the SK Federation donated food packs to frontliners including the barangay tanod, who do the roving every night. They also distributed chlorine supply as disinfectants used in foot baths in every sitio of the barangay. 
Furthermore, Barangay Lapasan SK aids the government’s campaign on COVID-19 vaccination program by educating the residents on the benefits of the vaccines. 

“Mao gyud na atong (This is) one step for us to encourage our fellow neighborhood residents, fellow Lapasanon nga magpa-vaccine (to be vaccinated) because we prayed for this and we need to adjust to this so called new normal,” the kagawad said. 

Aside from educating their locals on COVID-19, Yamit said they also fight the spread of fake news by encouraging the youth to check their sources of information prior to sharing in social media, and report any fake news obtained to prevent further spread of misleading information. 

“To my fellow youth, let’s continue working hand in hand. Let’s enable our leadership skills. Let’s make sure to contribute for the benefit of our country,” Yamit said. (RTP/PIA10)


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