The Las Piñas City government has launched a campaign to raise awareness on mental and reproductive health issues among city residents, especially the youngsters.
Mayor Imelda Aguilar said some 400 high school students, out of school youths, and members of Sangguniang Kabataan joined the roll out of the program dubbed “Kalungkutan ay Agapan, Kabataan ay Protektahan” held at the Verdant Covered court in Barangay Pamplona 3 on Tuesday.
She said the project was organized by the City Health Office led by Dr. Julie Gonzales “to build community resilience in attending mental problems of residents, especially the students, youths and adolescents for treatment and counseling.”
Gonzalez said the local government came up with the project to help individuals with mental issues generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
She added that the Department of Education joined the campaign initiated by Mayor Aguilar that could also help students who suffered mental issue during the health crisis brought about by the deadly disease.
“Mayor Aguilar is very much supportive to the health of every resident especially among the youth. This project is part of her health advocacy,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzales said Metro Manila Center for Health Development—Department of Health regional director Aleli Grace Sudiacal commended the initiative of the city government in the implementation of the city’s mental health awareness program.