To raise awareness on mental health among adolescents and youth, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Workshop was held last November 16 at Sauras Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The one-day workshop was organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children, UNICEF Philippines and Department of Health, in partnership with AdZU-SUGPAT and Katilingban.  Twenty adolescents…

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Staying in school was difficult for 17-year-old Rajiskan, “Nawalan na talaga ako ng gana sa pag-aaral (I just lost all interest in going to school).” For three years, Rajiskhan Hadjula from Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City was out-of-school. During those three long years, he considered himself as “tambay” (from the word standby, meaning being idle). When…

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For Virgo, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) is not only the home of her profession; it has also been the tool for her to reach her dreams. Among nine siblings, Virgo Lumanao was the only child to step into high school, a milestone for their family. Although because of their family’s hardships and scarce resources,…

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Last September, the team of AdZU-SUGPAT conducted its first and second round of monitoring visits in the Community Learning Centers (CLC) of Zamboanga del Norte to check on the progress on the Power for Youth Worksheets.  “This monitoring will allow us to track the progress of the project by getting information on-ground first hand,” explained…

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Aiming to involve and mobilize the youth towards meaningful civic engagement, SUGPAT Youth Talks #5 was organized last September 28.  More than 70 young people from all over Zamboanga City gathered for SUGPAT Youth Talks #5 “Sana All: Mobilizing the Youth Towards Meaningful Civic Engagement” at the Multipurpose Hall, Fr. Faustino Saavedra Building, Ateneo de…

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“In everything we do, we do it with all our hearts, sweat and tears. All of these are for the dream of every out-of-school youth, of every youth in Zamboanga City” SUGPAT Program Director Kiko Miranda said in his opening message during the gathering organized by SUGPAT. The month of September marks the founding anniversary…

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One hundred eighty (180) contextualized worksheets were officially turned over to the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Implementers last July 5, 2019, at Westend Court Hotel, Dipolog City.  The turnover ceremony was witnessed by a crowd of more than 90. Among them were the Provincial Vice Governor of Zamboanga del Norte, Senen Angeles, Director of DepEd…

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Joshua Labra was only 16 years old when he decided to quit school and work instead to support his four younger sisters in their education. Living off only with the income from his mother who worked part-time as a laundry woman and his stepfather who worked as a jeepney driver, Joshua knew, being the eldest,…

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