A team comprised of BS Medical Technology seniors Jefson Romeo B. Felix, Kyla Maru Magcamit, Sofia Levy Destura, and BS Psychology senior Rommeleen Estolano was named the Grand Champion for their “Project Local Youth Force (LYF)”, which was presented in the Health Innovation Competition of the 8th Philippine Conference on Community Health (PCCH): HAYAG – Singanen o Masa on April 23, 2022.
The Juans, representing the Faculty of Pharmacy and the College of Science, also earned the People’s Choice Award for Project LYF that aims to sustainably solve community health challenges by strengthening grassroots participation through capacity-building, people empowerment, and public-private partnerships and produce youth leaders and doers.
Project LYF is powered by its four sub-projects: Lokal Youth Force Fellowship Program, Chikajuan Pangkalusugan, Tayo Para Sa Tao, and Townhall Talakayan.
According to Felix, the Project LYF not only offers a solution to the community’s problem, but it also aims to provide a sustainable mechanism and an opportunity for the community in the Municipality of Burgos in Siargao island, which was heavily damaged due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, to be a part of the solution itself by having youth efforts at the core of this initiative.
The team is a part of Juan Health PH, a youth-led community and public health centered digital publication founded by Felix and Maria Rosario Isabel Seares, which recently bagged the 1st prize in the 2nd ASEAN Youth Social Journalism (AYSJ 2021).
PCCH is an organization from the University of the Philippines – College of Medicine, which focuses on the health status of the country. This year’s conference is organized by UPM Regionalization Students’ Organization, UP Medicine Student Council, ASMPH Student Council, ASMPH-SC Public Health Council, UP Medical Students for Social Responsibility, and ASMPH Class of 2025.
First reported by Khryzler Myreen T. Flores/UST Purple Gazette