PANAON, Misamis Occidental (PIA)—Hesitancy of the youth on coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 vaccination in their area urged the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Panaon to intensify campaign on the vaccination and further dismiss disinformation.
During the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, June 23, SK President Greshyl Ann Eroy Cali-at said, “Hinihimok po namin sila sa aming barangay information campaign na magpabakuna talaga para lang din sa kanilang ikabubuti. Ang pandemyang ito ay naging sanhi ng pagkasira ng edukasyon o pagkawalay sa pamilya o kaibigan at syempre pagkawala ng trabaho. Lahat ng ito ay may rason po so ang masasabi ko lang, big changes are coming. Tayong mga kabataan we need to be part of it.”
(We urge the youth in our barangay information campaign to get vaccinated just for their own good. This pandemic caused destruction of education or separation from family or friends, and of course unemployment. All this has a reason so all I can say is, big changes are coming. We young people need to be part of it)
To aid the youth in this time of pandemic, Panaon SK plans to help the youth in their education. Cali-at said their ultimate goal is to help the youth with their basic needs that they can use in school especially now that the new modes of learning are implemented.
Involvement prior to pandemic
Before the implementation of community quarantine in their area, Panaoan SK held activities like coastal clean-up, fun run, and the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) events.
“Ginamit po namin ‘yung pondo na nalikom namin sa pamamahagi namin ng pamaskong handog. Lumahok ang SK Federation kasama ang KKDAT members sa programa ng PNP wherein namahagi kami ng tulong sa mga tao na labis na naapektuhan ng pandemya.”
(We used our funds for distributing relief packs in pamaskong handog. We participated in PNP’s program with our KKDAT members where we gave assistance to individuals affected by the pandemic).
She added that the youth in Panaon are very supportive of the government’s programs, “I can say that the youth here fully support the government’s vaccination program to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.” (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)