LGU Guiuan’s MSWDO Launches Two-Day Life Skills Training for Youth

12 August 2020

As part of the week-long celebration of the International Youth Day and Linggo ng Kabataan 2020, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) launched a two-day life skills training from Aug. 08-09, 2020 held at the Guiuan Municipal Multi-purpose Hall which was organized by Local Youth Development Office (LYDO) and participated by youth representatives from local barangays.

In the opening message, Hon. Jayson Abrajano, SK Federated President, shared his thoughts about the relevance of celebrating the International Youth Day and Linggo ng Kabataan. Meanwhile, Zenaida O. Cunanan, MSWDO Head, briefly explained in her message the importance of life skills training for youth development amidst global pandemic and emphasized the Erik Erikson’s theory of Psychosocial Development.

Anchored on the theme, “Opening New Horizons: Coping with the Challenges in Life and Understanding Oneself in a Positive Way”, the two-day training were divided into six (6) sessions with diverse scope: (1) focused on self-development, personal effectiveness and identifying strength & weaknesses; (2) discussed the challenges of late & middle adolescence and building & managing relationships; (3) centered on coping with emotions, its’ components, categories and variety; (4) tackled on different ways of expressing emotions, types of behavior, physical effects of uncontrolled anger and expressing anger in a healthy way; (5) talked on decision making, problem identified and its’ alternative, the decision tools, decision making style, group decision making and problem solving strategies; and (6) dealt with support-seeking strategies and positive problem solving strategies.

On the first day of training, Felmark O. Duran, SHS Teacher of Guiuan National High School (GNHS) discussed the first and second topics or sessions. While the remaining topics, from session three (3) to six (6) were projected for the second day and were tackled by Jude S. Salazar, a MAPEH Teacher of GNHS.

Series of activities have also been initiated during the training which was facilitated by the resource speakers and through the support of LYDO staff. These activities include banner making, free letter exercise, self-concept inventory and life satisfaction checklist. This helped the participants to engage and completely understand each topic where they imparted their own opinions and experiences. Their personal emotion and identity have also been tested.

Minimum health standards such as social distancing, proper use of face masks and hand sanitation were strictly implemented in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) and the Local Government Unit (LGU).


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