kidapawan-2-17-18-2015-01This year, the Dangerous Drugs Board is continuing its efforts to hone and train different individuals in order to spread the information about the evil of illegal drugs.

As part of this effort, the DDB together with the local government of Kidapawan City conducted the Training of Trainors on Life Skills Enhancement in Drug Abuse Prevention to fifty (50) participants composed of guidance counselors, teachers and school heads representing public and private high schools and selected colleges in Kidapawan City.

Hon. Joseph A. Evangelista, Mayor, Kidapawan City, delivered the welcome remarks.  “The City’s fight against drugs, our demand reduction strategy should also be strengthened. I encourage all of you to give your recommendations after the training as to what to do next so that I can act upon them immediately,” Mayor Evangelista stated.kidapawan-2-17-18-2015-02

Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB, discussed the “Training of Master Trainers on Universal Prevention Curricula for Substance Use,” a training program for prevention workers introduced by the Colombo Plan. She also presented UNODC’s International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and discussed the criteria for evidence-based interventions/policies and practices.

The life skills enhancement training was handled by the different staff of DDB who explained all the skills to be used to improve their abilities as trainor. The following life skill modules were introduced: 1) Building self-esteem; 2) Decision-making skills; 3) Facilitation skills; 4) Communication skills; 5) Assertion skills; and 6) Personal skills.

kidapawan-2-17-18-2015-03The seminar ended with a message from Councilor Lauro Taynan who assured DDB that Kidapawan City will be fully supportive of the anti-drug abuse prevention initiatives in the schools. He also added, “I urge all of you [participants] to be committed in addressing the drug abuse problem in your respective schools particularly the guidance counselors who are persons in authority to provide proper guidance to the students.”

The training program was conducted at AJ Hi-Time Hotel, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato February 17-18, 2015.