The National Youth Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention Education (NYC-DAPE) formally commenced yesterday, May 21, at the Governor Corazon L. Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan.

Spearheaded by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), National Youth Commission (NYC), National Youth Affairs – Drug Abuse Prevention Education (NYA-DAPE), and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the congress is set to run from May 21-24, 2018.

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A three-day live in congress, NYC-DAPE is designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere of fun and innovative strategic planning to address the drug problem in the respective localities of the youth participants.

Present during the opening ceremony are Hon. Michael S. Klecheski, Charge d’ Affaires of US Embassy, Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, Chairman of DDB, Congressman Robert “Ace” Barbers, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs, Undersecretary Earl P. Saavedra, Executive Director of DDB, Hon. Florencio T. Miraflores, Governor of Aklan and Hon. Reynaldo M. Quimpo, Vice-Governor of Aklan.

In an opening statement, DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino Cuy expressed his trust in the skills and capacities of the youth delegates, “For us at the Dangerous Drugs Board, the youth are our potent ally. We believe that with youth comes idealism. And with idealism, comes the ability to adapt to change and even initiate change.”

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“You are not merely the hope of this country; you are the catalyst for the timely and essential change that the Philippines need to see.” He added.

Now on its 26th year, the NYC-DAPE is an annual event intended to provide opportunities for dialogues, structured learning activities, workshops and inputs to curb the problem on illegal drugs.