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A two-day Seminar-Workshop on Systematic  Training  for Effective  Parenting  (STEP) was conducted last November 5-6, 2013 at Riceland 2 Hotel, M. H. Del Pilar Street, Calapan City, Mindoro by the Dangerous Drugs Board, in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd), Region  lV  -  MIMAROPA,  Division  of  Calapan  City.Step

This year’s theme focused on strengthening the role of parents in drug abuse prevention and control. Different core groups of parents were trained as anti-drug advocates and provided additional knowledge and necessary parenting skills. They are expected to re-echo the same to fellow parents so that they will be able to develop social action programs on drug abuse prevention.

Ms. Liza Marie S.  Dillena, RN, Officer In-Charge, Health and Nutrition Council, DepEd Region lV-MIMAROPA, welcomed the guests and participants. She expressed gratitude to DDB for the technical and financial support provided to implement the program.

Usec. Rommel L. Garcia, M. D., Permanent Member, DDB, gave the inspirational message. “The fight against drug abuse cannot be won in the streets but rather at the doorsteps of our respective homes.” Usec. Garcia stated.

Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, PETID, explained to participants the objectives of the seminar-workshop.  It was followed by the leveling of expectations and setting of ground rules to be observed for the entire duration of the seminar.

The Drug Situation Update which highlighted the Supply Reduction Accomplish- ments of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was discussed by Dir. Wardley M. Getalla, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Office, MIMAROPA.  

Ms. Eden Marino, Social Welfare Officer III, DSWD discussed about HIV/AIDS while Usec. Garcia talked about the Medical Ill   Effects of Drugs in the Human Body.

Step 3Closing Ceremony highlighted the words spoken by Ms. Noida DG. Castro, Education Program Supervisor, DepEd Division of Calapan City.  “I am grateful to the DDB Training Team for the assistance extended to us in the conduct of a seminar-workshop.  It is only the beginning of the strong, long-lasting partnership and commitment with the Board. It is a remarkable undertaking considering the unpredictable weather situation which everybody was unmindful of for the sake of learning.” Ms. Castro stated.

STEP was designed for parents to demonstrate and appreciate their roles on drug abuse prevention and control.  The project likewise aimed to help parents find ways to improve their relationship with their children and to detect and refer drug dependents for appropriate care.