HDC Wins a Grant for Drug Prevention in the Philippines

November 26, 2021, Manila, Philippines – World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) finishes as the Top 2 among 8 semifinalists in a nationwide competition organized by the National Youth Commission (NYC) under the Office of the President in the Philippines. The contest entitled, “I DARE YOUTH: A Search for Outstanding Illegal Drug Abuse Resistance Education Projects” aimed to gather young people and youth organizations from all over the Philippines to propose programs that would curtail the number of illegal substance abuse among the youth in the country. 


From 217 program proposals that the NYC assessed, the top 3 out of 8 shortlisted proposals for every region in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region (NCR) were announced winners through a virtual awarding ceremony held last November 24. WYAAP’s proposal was declared Top 2 under NCR.


Pitching the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC), WYAAP has always believed in the transformative power of the program to inspire and empower the youth as young as kindergarten by teaching them about good habit-forming and excellent decision-making skills. Since 2016, WYAAP has unwaveringly strived to constantly bring the HDC to both schools and communities that need this the most. 


An HDC implementation in Manila, Philippines


In WYAAP’s commitment to continuously form youth who would veer away from the use and eventually the abuse of illegal drugs among many other challenges that threaten the youth’s potential to flourish, its proposal is to ramp up HDC implementations in 2022 by bringing it to more public schools and barangays or communities in the Philippines. The office is also intending to build the HDC not just as a program for children but also to greatly involve those who are integral in contributing to their formative years, like their parents and teachers, through a training on understanding human dignity. 


All winners were granted cash prizes to implement their programs along with a Certificate of Recognition. Through this opportunity, WYAAP hopes to witness healthier and more resilient Filipino youth through the HDC as it remains steadfast in its vision of a future that respects the holistic development of every young person.


WYAAP extends its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to NYC for the wonderful platform to be of service to young people in the Philippines.


Interested to collaborate with WYAAP on bringing the HDC to your school or community in 2022? You may email kleine@wya.net