In a seminar-workshop organized by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), another 67 college student leaders was added to the pool of anti-drug advocates in the country.

The workshop, held on May 15-16, 2014 at Ciudad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal, aimed to intensify initiatives against substance abuse and strengthen and mobilize student organizations, councils and governments to incorporate and sustain various initiatives relative to drug abuse prevention education.

DDB officials led by Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, and A3D officers led by Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, welcomed the participants.

To heighten participants’ awareness on drugs and strengthen their capacity to implement drug prevention and control programs, different lectures were given. Dir. Wilkins M. Villanueva from PDEA discussed the country’s current drug situation. How it is addressed was then discussed by Asec. Pabustan.

The salient provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 were also explained by DDB Legal Consultant, Atty. Cesar G. Posada while the medical ill effects of drugs was talked about by Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations.

DDB Permanent Board Member, Usec. Edgar C. Galvante also graced the occasion. In his message, he regarded the youth as “our country’s most precious resource.” He also said that the DDB and its partner agencies will continue to protect the youth from the evils of drugs.