The city of Antipolo recently held the “Kabataan, Kabalikat sa Kalusugan Youth Summit” that focused on several problems concerning youths aged 12 to 22, also called Generation Z, at the Antipolo Sports Educational Hub.
This was the first ever locally held youth summit led by the City Health Office that gave more attention to the health and awareness of the Generation Z.
Over 500 teenagers from 16 barangays attended the lecture about the bad effects of smoking cigarettes, using illegal drugs, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and the importance of mental health, especially with depression.
City Mayor Jun Ynares emphasized to the teenagers that their generation will face bigger circumstances compared to past generations. He said the Internet and social media increased the possibility of them being victims of abuse and bad influence.
The local government wants them to have a better understanding of life, to think critically, and to be more sensitive in making life decisions.
City health officer Dr. Concepcion Lat, DoH-Calabarzon’s adolescent coordinator Dr. Edna Defante, and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Peter Papel Jr. also gave inspirational messages at the summit.
Participants from the lectures fell into eight groups. The local government’s staff and teenagers from Barangay Bagong Nayon also performed, and the audience members who participated from the games received prices.