MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 17 (PIA) – To further popularize the u4u (You for You) program of the Commission on Population, a u4u teen trail was conducted Tuesday in the municipality of Libagon participated by youths from three secondary schools, Provincial Population Officer Velma Kangleon disclosed.

The teen trail participated by around 200 students came from Nahaong National High School, Libagon Academy Foundation and Libagon Integration School, mostly High School students, she informed.

The u4u Teen Trail aims to deliver very important information through online and mobile platforms to adolescents aged 10-19 to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Kangleon added.

Regional u4u coordinator Reyan Arinto was the guest facilitator during the activity, Kangleon said.

“A training of student-facilitators composed of selected 16 students from the mentioned schools were trained to roll out the u4u program in each of their school was conducted in the morning while the teen trail was held in the afternoon at Libagon gym," she told.

Kangleon said that u4u serves as a promotion vehicle to introduce the teens to online and mobile tools. “They are encourage to ask questions on sexual debut, teenage pregnancy and how to avoid them and even sexually transmitted diseases, among the few,” she said.

It was further learned that the u4u Teen Trail in the municipality of Libagon is the 19th u4u conducted this year nd by September 22, 2015 another u4u Teen Trail is set in Maasin City, Macrohon and Padre Burgos.

It was learned that one of the components of the Philippine Population Management Plan  (PPMP) is the Adolescent Health and Young Development (AHYD)  that aims to prevent sexual risk behavior such as pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy, reproductive health problems, among other sexual risks and behaviors.

The u4u program is the newest AHYD program strategy  that will help young people understand and develop right values as well as prepare them for responsible adulthood.

It is part of the Department of Health’s national health promotion model on teen health, it was learned. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)