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LT celebrates 1st Int’l Men’s Day, group of ‘responsible men’ set
by Ofelia C. Empian

Around 33 men from all over La Trinidad, Benguet attended the first International Men’s Day celebration in the valley at the municipal gymnasium on Nov. 19.

The half-day event featured various activities that catered to the needs of men including medical check-up such as urine screening, vital signs checking, blood type, nutritional counseling and free haircut services provided during the activity.

Municipal Population Program Officer Noemi Co said the activity is in line with the celebration of the International Men’s Day, also held every Nov. 19 that aims to involve men in the various issues surrounding the family and community.

It has the theme, “Men: Champions in family health and well-being.”

“The father is the partner of the family, they should lead their own families. There are times when men do not want to join activities such as these, but perhaps that is because of lack of information on their responsibilities,” Co said.

She cited the need for men to be involved on their engagement in reproductive health such as family planning.

Co also said with the activity, they would involve more fathers and men to be proactive in combatting teenage pregnancies.

Municipal government data shows that the number of teenage mothers ranging from 13 to 19 years old in the town remains high with a total of 20 cases in 2014, 171 recorded in 2015, 131 recorded in 2016, 150 in 2017 and 148 cases in 2018. 

Though the municipality has been conducting men’s summit in the past, Co said the activity takes on a wider aim for more men to be involved in the town.

She said they have earlier established a group of men who were capacitated to strengthen the role of men in the locality called the Urnos ti Lalaki iti La Trinidad (Order of men in La Trinidad).

Co said the group composed of men from the academe, religious sector and senior citizens, who first responded to her call for the creation of men facilitators for the valley. 

The group would become the partners of the valley in information dissemination on the responsibilities of men in their homes and in  the community.

During the event, Rev. Jones Padeo of the Solid Rock Ministries and group head talked on the role of father’s in the family.

Padeo suggested for fathers to be the one to engage their children in talking about issues, including sensitive ones, such as their children’s love life.

In this way, communication would be established between children and their parents and the former would be properly guided on what to do.

Co said the program would also educate men to be partners in fighting violence against women and children. In 2017, there are 90 VAWC cases recorded in La Trinidad while in 2018, it listed 128 reported cases.

 

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