The Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc. (VPHCS) held a dissemination forum on July 9, 2010 at the Cebu Midtown Hotel function room on its just concluded four-year project, “Yo! Lead or Youth on the Lead.”
Lasting July 2006 to June 2010, the project is a leadership program for youth–initiated adolescent reproductive health advocacy and services in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Occidental Negros. It worked with 29 youth organizations in selected colleges and communities to promote increased practice of healthy reproductive and sexual health behaviors among the youth. It is funded by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America – International Division (PPFA).
The dissemination forum was participated in by representatives of the youth organizations in the three provinces who shared their achievements, experiences and lessons in the project. Representatives of officials of the covered communities and schools, government agencies and other non-government organizations involved in adolescent reproductive health also joined the forum.
Project coordinator Ms. Cheryl Padilla Molina presented a summary of the project. An open forum followed. Dr. Erlinda Posadas and Dr. Mark Telesforo Molina both members of the management committee of the VPHCS gave the opening and closing remarks, respectively.
The VPHCS is a non-government organization founded in 1985 that works with people’s organizations in depressed and underserved communities in providing health services and setting up community-based health programs (CBHPs). The Yo! Lead is one of its projects.