Broadening Campaigns and Strengthening Advocates
Community outreach programs and advocacy programs are constantly conducted in different key settings such as schools, communities, and workplaces. During these activities, members of the DDB staff serve as resource speakers orienting the participants on the country’s drug abuse problem, the ill effects of drug abuse and the legal consequences of being involved in illegal drugs activities.
As an effective peer-based preventive education and information program to counter the dangers and ill effects of drug abuse, the Board has institutionalized the BKD program in order to enlist the participation of more in and out-of school youth, and eventually organize them into a movement of young people who are catalysts within their peer groups in advocating a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
As of this year, there are 50, 277 BKD members from 251 chapters nationwide. The DDB has also launched the “Nationwide Search for the Best BKD Program”.
This annual three-day live in Congress is designed to provide an open and comfortable atmosphere for fun, real work and innovative strategic planning to address the drug problem in the respective localities of the youth participants. A team of anti-drug advocates and facilitators provide participants the opportunity for positive discussions/dialogues, structured learning activities, workshops, and inputs. The team approach is employed throughout the congress to foster teamwork, learning, camaraderie and harmonious relationship of youth delegates.
In 2012, 195 participants from different organizations nationwide who attended the 20th Youth Congress held in Dagupan City, duly hosted by the Local Government Unit of Dagupan, were added to the 2,735 youth leaders who have participated in the training since 2002.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE) is being enhanced to complement the implementation of NDEP. DARE offers a variety of activity-oriented techniques which are designed to encourage student-generated responses to problem-solving situations, specifically on drug abuse. This is being implemented in collaboration with the Philippine National Police.
Since 2010 to 2012, 156 DARE Police Officers have been trained and have already conducted classroom teaching among grades five and six pupils in various public elementary schools.
To bring the anti-drug advocacy to the children, the DDB participates in the annual celebration of the Children’s Month every October. The DDB conducts the Kids Against Drugs program, a primary prevention activity that aims to inculcate the skills of “Saying ‘No’” to children as a firm foundation for preventive education.
922 children have been reached-out to since this program’s implementation in 2006.
This program which is currently implemented in elementary and secondary schools, in cooperation with DDB-member agency DepEd, entails five components – curriculum and instruction, co-curricular and ancillary services, teacher and staff development, parent education and community outreach, and research, evaluation and monitoring – which is comprehensive in nature and provides a holistic approach to the problem of drug abuse. It was designed to enable all sectors to work collaboratively, with the school system as the core, thereby, unifying all sectoral endeavors.
240 school administrators, guidance counselors, school-based health officers and teachers have attended several trainings held on NDEP facilitation and implementation nationwide.
This is a primary prevention activity involving the public transport groups designed to ensure the safety, well-being of the commuters and pedestrians by having drug-free transport personnel. Cooperating agencies are the DDB, DOLE, DOH, PDEA, LTFRB, LTO, and the Philippine Global Road Safety. It seeks to reduce the incidence of drug related vehicular accidents, promote public order and safety on the streets; and organize anti-drug patrol among drivers and other transport personnel.
Since its implementation in 2011, the DDB has been able to mobilize 288 members of the transport sector.
Nationwide Caravan of Youth Against Drugs
This new advocacy program, done in partnership with DDB-member agency National Youth Commission aims to intensify youth empowerment efforts to zero-in on drug abuse. Project coverage includes six (6) key cities of the country namely: Metro Manila, Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga, Naga, Cagayan De Oro, and Baguio City.
The caravan has enjoined at least 1,400 youth from various communities, organizations and academic institutions into the anti-drug abuse advocacy. It also aims to impart the ill-effects of substance abuse and dependence and to highlight best practices of youth groups and networks in the intensified campaigns and initiatives in combating drug dependence.