Stop ‘em while young: QC partners with PDEA to halt drug addiction among kids

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The Quezon City local government, through the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse and Advisory Council (QCADAAC) has partnered with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to combat the use of illegal drugs and substances among street children.

The QCADAAC in March signed a memorandum of agreement with PDEA for the Sagip Batang Solvent program.

Under the initiative, PDEA and QCADAAC established a residential reformation center in Novaliches, Quezon City for children 10 years old and below who are sniffing solvents or using illegal drugs.

The children will undergo rehabilitation and re-integration through counselling, values formation, skills training, and more.

“Hindi lang ito rehabilitation center. Gusto naming magsilbi itong tahanan kung saan maaari silang magkaroon ng bagong buhay,” said Quezon City Mayor-elect Belmonte.

The residential reformation center features bedrooms, a kitchen, and comfort rooms to help kids feel secure and comfortable; as well as a library, multi-purpose hall, music hall, playground, entertainment room and garden.

The Sagip Batang Solvent Reformation Center is expected to be inaugurated within the month.