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PRESS RELEASE #114/20

DATE : December 9, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), today, (Wednesday, December 9, 2020) turned-over the administration of Project Sagip Batang Solvent (PSBS) reformation center to the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The activity was attended by Quezon City Mayor Josefina G. Belmonte who is also Chairperson of QCADAAC, PDEA Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva, PDEA officers and employees.

PSBS aims to provide systematic and reformative care, and reintegrated interventions like education, counselling, values formation, talent and skills development, livelihood and entrepreneurship training to children hooked on inhalant and solvent abuse

 “There are already 108 children who have completed the reformation program, and PDEA  like a proud parent is happy to see these children finished the full route of a 14-week reformation intervention program. All the hard work, time and resources spent made it all worth it,” Villanueva said.

The program includes Home Life Skills and Education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) designed to prepare the children to gain knowledge equivalent with formal education through the supervision of the Department of Education (DepED)-ALS Mobile Teachers, and assistance of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) PSBS resident children took learning classes at least thrice a week at the center.  Medical health and dental services are also extended to the children.

The PSBS facility was the pilot reformation center established through a Memorandum of Understanding entered into by PDEA in its Project “Sagip Batang Solvent” and the Local Government of Quezon City on March 25, 2019 in Clemente Subdivision, Barangay San Agustin, Novaliches, Quezon City, and later replicated in different cities and municipalities in the country.

Currently, the facility has 108 reached-out clients, aged 17 years old as the oldest and 9 as the youngest who were identified as solvent users and have undergone the assessment process.

“With the strong support of the local government of Quezon City in our fight against illegal drugs, and care for the youth’s future, PDEA is very confident   that the PSBS center is in good hands and will continue to extend support to the street children deprived of basic necessities and guidance, and never return to the streets again,” the PDEA chief added.

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