In line with the mandate of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to educate the youth about the ill effects of drugs and to prevent them from abusing it, the Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan hosted the Drug Summit for Student Leaders.
This activity was successfully conducted with the cooperation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the local government of Bayambang Pangasinan held last March 5, 2015.
One hundred eighty (180) college students from the said municipality participated on the activity which aimed to intensify initiatives against substance abuse and strengthen and mobilize student organizations/councils/governments.
Hon. Ricardo M. Camacho, Municipal Mayor, welcomed the participants. In his message, he stated, “I wish that you would gain new knowledge and insights from the lectures and use it to influence your schools and communities for the better.”
Mr. Ian Melvin Estoque, Chief of Plans and Operations Division, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Province of Pangasinan, discussed the local and national drug abuse situation. He focused on the current drug situation of the country and initiatives of the law enforcement to control manufacturing, distribution and drug-related crimes.
Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem was explained by Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB. She also added the different drug abuse prevention programs of the government to eliminate the use and abuse of illegal drugs.
Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, discussed the medical aspects of drugs, its effects on the persons’ physical and mental health. On the legal side, Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB, delivered presentation about the salient features of RA 9165, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002. He also facilitated some questions asked by the students.
“You [youth] are the country’s most precious resource and that the DDB and its partner agencies are responsible to train you to become good citizens and continue to fight against illegal drugs,” PSupt Gregorio L. Galsim, the Officer in Charge and Chief of the Bayambang Police Station, stated in his closing remarks.