The Local Government Unit of San Jose under the administration of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez conducted its very first Youth Congress with the theme, “ Sa Salud nin mga Jovenes Nabubuhay an Paglaom kan Madahom na Banwaan nin San Jose” through the Municipal Health Office headed by Dr. Arnel P. Armea on November 3, 2017 at San Jose Sports Complex, San Jose, Camarines Sur in cooperation with the Department of Health Regional Office, Philippine National Police San Jose and Department of Education.

The activity was participated by youth from different schools and organization in the municipality namely: Salogon National High School ; Kinalansan National High School; San Jose National High School; Rangas Ramos National High School; Villafuerte Peña National High School ; Adiangao National High School ; San Jose Parish Youth Ministry ; and member of DSWD 4P’s.

The participants were able to learn different topics that are needed for them to be aware of the possible good and bad effects through different booths. Including are: Dental/ Hygiene; Smoking/Alcohol/ Substance Abuse; HIV/ AIDS Sexually Transmitted Disease; Environmental Sanitation; Adolescent Reproductive Health; and Education.

Selected residents of the municipality of Presentacion performed a Mobile Theater showing how the Rural Health Unit could help in the prevention of different diseases and risks of teenage pregnancy with coordination from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Philippines.

The Mayor stated in his short message that it is much better for the young ones to be aware of their health in their early ages. He also challenged them to share with others all the knowledge they will acquire in the congress.

Dr. Analiza Abainza, OB Gyne/ BMC Teen Wellness Coordinator, also said in her discussion to not rush anything in their youth for they need guidance in their way. The participants were able to share their thoughts on Teen Wellness.

A total of one hundred fifty (150) participants from different schools and organization attended the said congress.