Drug-dependent youth to be provided rehabilitation – NYC Chair Aiza Seguerra

admin   •   August 16, 2016   •   3338

NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra talks with UNTV Correspondent Yoshiko Sata.

NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra talks with UNTV Correspondent Yoshiko Sata.

Newly-appointed National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Undersecretary Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra announces that the agency will provide drug rehabilitation to youth involved in illegal drug operations in the country.

According to the new chair, this is the commission’s contribution to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

However, Seguerra says NYC members are yet to discuss in a meeting the details of their plan.

Meanwhile, Seguerra shares that she wants to immediately visit all the regions in the country to personally see the condition of the youth.

According to Seguerra, Pres. Duterte’s directive is to eliminate marginalization in the youth sector.

Because of this, she will make it a point to have the voices of the youth to be heard including those belonging to the LGBT community and the indigenous groups.

“My advocacy is to give voices to every youth sector and to create policies to better their situation, given a certain situation in their lives.”

Seguerra officially takes office as the youth commission’s new chairperson after her oath-taking held at the NYC Central Office in Quezon City.

Yesterday, the singer-actress took her oath in Malacañang during the mass oath-taking of President Duterte’s new appointees. — Yoshiko Sata / UNTV News & Rescue

Mayor Isko on Baseco drug raid: 35 arrested, 35 are alive

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso presents 35 drug suspects who were arrested in Baseco area. (Manila Public Information Office)

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday (Aug 5) presented 35 drug suspects who were arrested in Baseco area from July 22 to August 5.

“Out of the 35 arrested, 35 are alive,” according to Moreno. The suspects were arrested for either selling or using drugs.

He had previously given the Manila Police District (MPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) a week to clear Baseco Compound of illegal drugs and loose firearms.

The area has been branded as the most drug-infested village in the country.

“I hope this is just the beginning that Manila, with the help of God, is cleansed of drugs in every community,” he said.

Moreno also reiterated that he will not tolerate illegal drugs in Manila.

“We don’t tolerate them we don’t like them in our city, the capital of the country. I don’t like them selling and using drugs in the City of Manila,” he added.—AAC

Bato seeks to include substance abuse education in K-12 Program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa has filed a Senate bill that seeks to include substance abuse education in the K-12 program.

Based on his Senate Bill No. 228, substance abuse prevention education should be included from 4th Grade to the 12th Grade. This aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge and information about the dangers of substance abuse.

“The youth, once involved in drug abuse will likely have academic, relationship and health problems. This leads to lower grades, dropping out from schools and having damaged physical, cognitive and emotional development,” he said.

Based on the data of the Dangerous Drugs Board, there are 4.8 million Filipinos aged 10 to 69 who have used illegal drugs at least once in their lives.

The youngest drug surrenderer and youngest recorded minor rescued for substance abuse were seven-year-olds. —AAC

Duterte mulls another Customs revamp

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. | KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted on axing more employees from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) due to another cycle of corruption in the agency.

“Iyan ang problema ng Pilipinas (That’s the problem in the Philippines). So I have three years. When I go back, I would be firing more from the Bureau of Customs” the President announced on Friday (July 5) during the inauguration of a rice processing center in Alangalang, Leyte.

He also mentioned his earlier proposal of bringing in the military into the BOC because of the rampant corruption and drug smuggling in the agency.

“I am just telegraphing. Then maybe ilagay ko na sa Army talaga lahat ‘yang nasa ano (Then maybe I’ll place the army there in [BOC]). Hindi na ako maniwala niyan (I don’t believe) they are not allowed to work,” Duterte said.

“Since I cannot depend on the idiots, what should I do? Follow the rule that itong mga army, police, hindi makadala. And if my country is sinking, you want me to follow a rule that cannot help my country? I will not,” he stressed.

It will be recalled that Senator Panfilo Lacson had earlier said corruption remained “business as usual” inside the BOC because the “tara system” and illegal shipments such as drug smuggling remain in operation.

In October 2018, President Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to take over the BOC after billions of pesos worth of illegal drugs slipped past the Customs screening. – with details from Rosalie Coz

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