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Another training was conducted by the Preventive Education, Training and Information Division (PETID) of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) last May 27-29, 2013 at Science Teacher Training Center, NISMED, Quirino Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City, to enhance participant’s life skills that are vital in drug abuse prevention.

Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, Dean of the U.P. College of Education, delivered her opening remarks and expressed hope to the participants to maximize the opportunity that was given to them by the DDB.  She also commended the DDB for conducting the training because it will be beneficial for the participants especially since they will be future educators. Based on the program of activities of the life skills training, it is anchored on the four learning concepts of UNESCO which are learning to know, learning to be with others, learning to do and learning to be.  “I encourage all of you to be active during the training as it is one way to develop your potentials as leaders and future trainors,” Dr. Alonzo stated.

Different training module skills were introduced to the participants such as building selfesteem, facilitation, communication, decision making, assertion, and personal skills.

Topic on HIV/AIDS prevention was included in the program considering that the problem of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse are closely related. It was discussed by Ms. Eden Mariño of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Ms.  Mariño also discussed the common signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), how HIV is transmitted and how it can be prevented.  She also mentioned that there are organizations willing to help HIV/AIDS positive for them to be able to deal with their situation in a pro-active manner.

Some 20 participants from UP College of Education participated in the said training to be the future trainors and facilitators of related activities for the youth.