The organizing team convened for a meeting on March 4 at the Old Olbiil Era Kelulau building. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)
The Youth Empowerment Organizing Team formed by various stakeholders has been visiting hamlets in Palau in an effort to strengthen campaign against illegal drugs.
The youth empowerment program, which was the first of its kind initiated by Senate under the leadership of Senators Uduch Sengebau Senior and Senate Committee on Youth and Social Welfare Chairman Regis Akitaya, brought together relevant agents from the Koror State government, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Prevention Unit to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal drugs and the legal sanctions against those who engage in illicit drug activities.
“This is a youth empowerment program mostly centered around drug prevention specifically on the crisis that Palau faces now, especially on the use and abuse of crystal methamphetamine,” Akitaya said.
Senator Senior also said that the program was formed based on the constitution’s preamble which states “we venture into the future with full reliance in our own efforts and the divine guidance of Almighty God.”
The campaign kicked off on February 26 through the conduct of youth empowerment forum in Ngerbeched hamlet. Last Saturday, March 2, the group also visited Ngerchemai to spread its campaign.
The team also put to light testimonies of youth who were former drug users that had now abandoned illicit drugs and are actively campaigning against its harmful effects. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)