Center for teens eyed

The city government is proposing for the setting up of a teen center to address the need for support for teenagers and their physical and mental health.

But the discussion on the issue hit a snag as there were only a few resource persons available to ask about the item during the time it was being discussed.

The item stemmed from the request of City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, who co-chairs the task force on the inventory of real properties (Reptaf).

Lopez asked the city council to consider a portion of Camus Street suppressed from traffic to allow for the construction of a P2.8 million teen center at the old location of the City Health Office’s Nutrition Division building.

The city administrator, in a letter dated May 2, 2018, attached a resolution passed by the Reptaf that supported the request.

The request allows for a 425 square meter portion of Camus Street to be closed off to traffic to allow for the construction of the facility.

Population division chief of the CHO Jeffrey Fuentes said in an interview that the Teen Center program would provide an avenue for troubled teens to talk to someone.

“It’s an avenue,” he said, citing services such as assessments and counseling.

However, the city government assured that the closure would not affect the city’s traffic plan.

The Nutrition Division is now housed at the new City Health Office along Magallanes.

The Camus lot would house various health program facilities, with the city’s People’s Park possibly one of the sites.

The city council item was deferred to the session next week, with representatives from the CHO and DOH among the invitees on the plenary.

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