The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) conducted the Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) Youth Camp last May 12-14, 2015 at the Riverview Resort and Conference Center, Calamba Laguna.
With the aim to develop a new generation of young leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment, eighty (80) youth from different cities and municipalities of Metro Manila participated in the said youth camp. The program also helped the young leaders to enhance and introduce strategies in becoming an effective leader among the youth.
Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, DDB, warmly acknowledged all the participants and reminded them to enjoy the training and activities. “I would like to thank all of you for joining DDB in the fight against illegal drugs,” Asec. Reyes stated.
The program started with an orientation from Ms. Teresita C. Pineda, Chief, Preventive Education, Training and Information Division, DDB. She explained the project description and objectives of the activity. She added in her discussion the creation of ground rules as well as the groupings of the participants.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, DDB, discussed the government efforts to address the drug problem. She also explained the different preventive education programs for the youth.
Different modules were introduced to the participants. Ms. Edna A. Villavicencio, Training Specialist III, DDB, taught them about the Risk and Protective Factors for the Youth. On the other hand, Ms. Lalaine F. Divina, Training Specialist II, DDB, discussed the topic on self-awareness. The participants were given ample time to draw a symbol which will characterize themselves. Afterwards, a few of them were chosen to explain their work. The module about resistance skills was explained by Ms. Ella Marie Dimaculangan, Public Relations Officer I, DDB. Part of this topic was the creation of different punch lines that will show how they will attract and resist illegal drug use.
The participants were also taught different survival techniques, team building exercises and water safety precautions. Highlights of the youth camp were the yell, song and skit competition wherein participants showed their skills, talents and creativity.