The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in cooperation with BKD Bacolod City Chapter, has successfully conducted the Barkada Kontra Droga Launching Seminar and the Training of Trainors on Life Skills Enhancement in Drug Abuse Prevention. It was held at the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R), Bacolod City on June 18-19, 2015.
With the aim to promote DDB’s flagship program and at the same time heighten the level of awareness of the youth on the evils of drug abuse, fifty six (56) high school and college student leaders from Bacolod City participated in the activity.
Mr. Israel P. Salanga, BKD President, BKD Bacolod City Chapter, welcomed all the guests and participants. “You are very fortunate to have been given this chance by DDB to be trained and to become future trainers as well so you should take into heart all the learnings that you will gain from the same and apply it in the conduct of your future trainings,” Mr. Salanga stated.
Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas, Information Officer I, DDB, explained the Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem. She discussed the different programs being undertaken by the government to address the drug abuse problem in the country.
The Medical Aspect of Drug Abuse was discussed by Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes, DDB’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations. He provided the participants a general idea on how addiction happens and what occurs in the mind and body of drug abusers. “It is important for you to identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and drug dependency so that you can help victims of drug abuse to get the appropriate treatment,” he stressed.
“Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease making it difficult for drug dependents to totally stop the habit, thus, you should be firm in refusing drug offers so as not to be lured in using them,” Asec. Reyes added.
Atty. Philip Josef T. Vera Cruz, Chief, Legal Affairs Division, DDB, talked about Salient Features of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He cited relevant situations pertinent to the provisions that were earlier discussed.
Highlight of the activity was the training for trainors on the different life skills as discussed and demonstrated by the staff of the Preventive Education, Training and Information Division (PETID).