Drug-dependent youth to be provided rehabilitation – NYC Chair Aiza Seguerra
admin • August 16, 2016 • 3422
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
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.
In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.
Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.
Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.
“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into all the possible angles, including drug involvement, for the case of the nine missing children in Pasay City.
According to Pasay City Chief of Police PCol. Bernard Yang, one of the missing children is allegedly involved in illegal drugs and is listed on the drug watch list.
“Sa ngayon hindi po natin masasabi pa na may involment ang mga bata sa droga pero hindi po rin natin isinasantabi po iyan, (For now we cannot say that the children are involved in illegal drugs but we are not discounting the the possibility),” he said.
The PNP also belied reports that the missing children were recruited by leftist groups. Authorities also continue to coordinate with the parents for additional information including CCTV footage.
However, Yang lamented how the parents of the missing children went on social media to post about the case and not to the authorities.
“Sa totoo lang doon din po kami nagtataka mas nauna pa po pinost nila sa social media bago po nag-report sa amin, (To be honest we were wondering why they posted on social media first before reporting to us),” he said.
“Hindi tama na mag-post lamang sa [Facebook] ang kailangan pumunta agad sa mga kapulisan upang i-report ang mga pangyayari at mabigyan ng aksyon (It is not right to just post on Facebook, they first need to go to the police to report the incident),” Yang added.
Meanwhile, the PNP reminds parents to always check on their kids and always be aware of their whereabouts.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
Malacañang has reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that Vice President Leni Robredo could be removed as the co-chairman of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) if she reveals sensitive information about the drug war to foreign individuals and entities.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said revealing state secrets would be damaging to Filipino people.
“Not to mention that under Article 229 of the Revised Penal Code, such revelation of privileged information is a crime which has perpetual special disqualification from office, among its penalties,” he added.
Panelo said the president’s warning came when the vice president previously requested access to all data and documents relating to the government’s war on drugs.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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