SAN FERNANDO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- The recent launching of Teen Centers in this city will aid in the blended learning of students.
Mark Anthony Ducusin, Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) President of San Fernando City, said the establishment of Teen Centers is their flagship program wherein each center is as a one-stop-shop for the youth in the city.
Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the facility can be a venue to help learners in their education under new normal.
"We had difficulties when we tried to implement blended learning but with the support of our city government, we were allowed to lobby this as part of our recovery and rehabilitation plan," Ducusin said on his guesting in the Sept. 17 episode of Network Briefing News.
He added: "We had savings from SK councils in San Fernando, so we used this for the establishment of our teen centers. It's a facility with four major components such as a chat hub, audio visual work station, youth desk, and e-library and workstation which will be part of the blended learning."
The first batch of SK teen centers were piloted in six villages as part of SK San Fernando's remarkable observance of Linggo ng Kabataan in August. These are located in barangays Ilocanos Sur, Poro, Catbangen, Tanqui, Cabaroan, and Dallangayan Este.
"Aside from the traditional books, mayroon na pong internet access at puwede na pong bumisita ang ating mga kabataan lalo na sa mga walang gadget, walang internet sa bahay. Open po at walang bayad ang ating facilities na ito para po sa kanila," he said.
To ensure the safety of clients amid the current health crisis, all visitors must strictly abide by the minimum public health standards set by the national government.
In support of this initiative, the city government vowed to provide the centers with some equipment.
"Our city mayor has pledged to give 1,000 tablets for our teen centers and aside from that, they will give 59 desktop computers and printers to augment students' modules," he said.
SK San Fernando's goal is to establish teen centers in all the 59 barangays in the city by the end of the year or early 2021.
"May pandemya o wala, nandito po ang Sangguniang Kabataan ng San Fernando na handing tumulong sa kabataan ng San Fernando. (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)