Erap advises street kids to avoid illegal drugs: You still have a bright future

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has encouraged street children not to return to a life of drugs since such addiction won’t do any good.

Estrada made the appeal after 202 street children finished the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) being implemented by the city government.

“You’re probably thinking that no one cares for you and that you no longer have any chance at all,” the Manila mayor said in Filipino.

“It’s too early for you to give up life. You still have a bright future ahead of you. But you can’t have a future if you continue using drugs. Stop it, it won’t do you any good,” Estrada added.

Estrada said 202 street children, aged eight to 14, are the first batch of homeless children at the Manila Boystown Complex in Marikina City to undergo DARE lessons.

Manila Boystown Complex is a halfway house for orphans, juvenile delinquents, and former drug dependents being run by the city government of Manila

For those wanting to go to school, he said public schools in Manila are tuition-free, including school supplies and uniforms.

The city-run Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and Universidad de Manila (UDM) also offer college degrees, free of charge, to poor but deserving students.