MANILA—Two hundred police officers and youth leaders will be trained to become fitness coaches to help young Filipinos be more conscious of their health and be more productive, the National Youth Commission (NYC) said Saturday.
"We are hopeful this program will provide second chances to our Filipino youth to leave behind drugs,” said Asec. Rhea Peñaflor, NYC commissioner for the Visayas.
Under the NYC's "FitFil Youth Against Drugs" program, policemen and Sangguniang Kabataan officials will work alongside fitness professionals to educate youth groups about sports, healthy lifestyle, and the effects of alcohol and substance abuse.
"Iwas-tambay na rin ito, pwedeng masala ang raw talents ng ating kabataan. They could be sportsmen," said Toni Saret, one of the professional fitness experts tapped to joint the program.
(This could curb loiterers and can help us discover raw talent from the youth. They could be sportsmen.)
"This gives kids a chance to focus on something else, keeps them busy, avoid bad habits and get into drugs," Jim Saret, another fitness coach, said.
Details of the program have yet to be announced.
The NYC will roll out a nationwide caravan in the coming months to officially kick off the program.
- with a report from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News