The Palawan provincial government has launched the Special Drug Education Center (SDEC) initiative, which aims to provide out-of-school-youths (OSY) and street children with educational and job opportunities.
The program follows the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Amended Memorandum Circular No. 2006-150 on the establishment and operation of SDEC for and OSY and street children.
On Wednesday, PSWDO and DILG held an orientation for partner agencies such as the Municipal Mayor’s Office, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), the 4Ps, and the Municipal Police Station in Aborlan, which served as their pilot area.
“Sa gitna ng pandemyang ating nararanasan, hindi lingid sa ating kaaalaman na may mga kabataan na kailangan ng tulong at paggabay para hindi malihis ng landas. Ang SDEC ay preventive program ng pamahalaan para sa ating mga out of school youth and street children,” PSWDO chief Abigail Ablaña said through the Provincial Information Office (PIO).
Ablaña said that SDEC is a preventive program to engage them against illegal drugs, particularly during the pandemic. Covered in the program are the OSYs between 15 to 30 years old and street children 18 years old below
She said that they are currently formulating the memorandum of agreement between PGP and Aborlan LGU while they are also collecting data of areas with a high number of OSYs and street children.
PSWDO is also set to conduct orientation to barangay officials of Aborlan and community assembly.
Included in the program is the opportunity to undergo skills training with TESDA or to continue education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).