ONE LESS PRESS CONFERENCE
August 14, 2007 is the day Advocates for Youth and Club K formally launched its latest campaign called One Less. Held at Bulung-Pulungan Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, various media personalities from the print, television and radio graced the event as well as members of the Bulung Pulungan led by its founder Ms. Deedee Siytangco. President and Founder Cyndy Tan Jarabata of A4Y, aimed to shed light into this silent disease and provide ways on how people, especially the women and the youth, can protect themselves. Renowned medical practitioners and advocates against cervical cancer Dr. Efren Domingo, President - Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of the Philippines and Dr. Christine Palma, Chief, Section of Ob-Gyne Oncology - St. Luke’s Medical Center discussed the Facts on HPV, Cervical Cancer and Genital Warts and eagerly answered queries the group may in order to clarify information about the said disease.
Likewise Club K spokesperson Marylaine Viernes answered questions based on a youth’s perspective on the issue and inform other young people on how, themselves, could be one less person afflicted by cervical cancer. Since A4Y’s goal is to inform the people that there is a vaccine available that can help combat Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 6, 11, 16, 18 that could lead to genital warts and cervical cancer, having the panel further discuss and emphasize its importance was vital in raising awareness regarding this matter. A free-flowing discussion followed the presentation as it seems that this was a very enlightening topic for everyone who attended. Club K youth spokespersons were also interviewed by the media, and the activity culminated in a casual lunch wherein the guests showed more interest regarding the One Less Campaign.
Since the youth are most vulnerable to HPV, it is very important for them to understand how they can help prevent cervical cancer and other HPV caused diseases. Advocates for Youth, in its One Less Campaign, shall respond to this challenge through information campaign in various schools in Metro Manila. The campaign envisions empowerment to the youth with knowledge about cervical cancer, and encourages them to act responsibly in order to protect themselves against this disease. Likewise, Advocates for Youth brings its information campaign drives in its media caravan, having the Club K spokespersons advocate to various radio stations like RX 93.1, NU 107, Hit FM 99.5, DZBB and television shows on ABS-CBN News Channel, specifically Mornings @ ANC and Primetime news.