To know, understand and appreciate the effects of migration on children of OFWs, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in partnership with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), Inc., conducted a forum on “Understanding Issues and Concerns of Children of OFWs”.
82 Guidance Counselors and Disciplinary Officers from different schools in Metro Manila participated in the said forum conducted last May 20, 2015 at the Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS) Conference Room, Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila.
In his welcome message, Asec. Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, expressed his gratitude to the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D), Inc. for its initiative to conduct a forum to further understand the issues and concerns of children of OFWs.
“Drug abuse prevention education is something that we have to be on alert about. We have heard and seen in the news quite a lot of incidents from neighboring countries which are drug related highlighting drug smuggling and drug mules. This is something that we need to control, not only for the reputation and international relations of our country, but also for the safety of the Filipino citizens who are directly and indirectly affected by these incidents,” Asec. Pabustan stated.
“We are lucky that our government sustains program of this nature, so that each sector will benefit from the insights, shared experiences and best practices that are applicable in our own families and in our communities as well. We will soon achieve our goal of a drug-free and eventually a drug resistant country,” he added.
The Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) funded by International Narcotics Law was discussed by Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division (PETID) DDB. According to her discussion, the implementation of effective prevention programs is a potential powerful tool to lower the prevalence of substance use and delay the onset of substance use. “The UPC is for Prevention Specialists who work in prevention programmes is more of a “hands-on” skills-oriented curriculum, which prepares you to deliver interventions directly to the target audience. It will also prepare you to be ready to receive as well as implement training on specific evidence-based intervention,” she stated.
Dr. Tomas V. Octavio, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer IV, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) explained the programs and services of OWWA for the welfare of the migrant workers. On the other hand, Mr. Marco Antholin T. Santos, Labor and Employment Officer III/Reintegration Officer, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Department of Labor and Employment, NCR informed the participants the Journey of the OFWs and their Children.
The drug situation in the country was discussed by Ms Restie R. Lamorena, Intelligence analyst, PDEA.
Highlight of the forum was the workshop where participants were divided among groups to identify issues and concerns of children of OFWs.