The Dangerous Drugs Board, with the support of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and in cooperation with the Association of Advocates Against Drugs (A3D) Inc., conducted the 6th run of the Seminar Workshop for College Student Leaders on Drug Abuse Prevention Education (DAPE) held at Arabelle Suites, Tagbilaran City, Bohol on October 7-9, 2015.
Some sixty three (63) participants from various higher education institutions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao attended the three-day seminar-workshop to strengthen the commitment of college student leaders in the implementation of drug abuse prevention education initiatives in their respective schools.
Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, President, A3D, welcomed the participants and gave welcome remarks. In her speech, she emphasized the power of student leaders to influence the other students in fighting the evil of drugs.
“I have a strong belief in your capacities as student leaders because you will not be elected by your peers for nothing. Your responsibility is to become drug warriors as you go back to your respective campuses and influence them to live a healthy and drug-free lifestyle by including DAPE activities in your programs,” Dr. Fronda stated.
Undersecretary Rommel L. Garcia, Permanent Member, DDB, discussed the Physical, Psychological and Medical Effects of Drugs in Human Life. He further enumerated the common signs of drug abuse and explained the classification of drug abusers as well as the appropriate intervention needed for each type. He even shared to the students his experiences on those drug addicts who underwent treatment and rehabilitation when he was still a director of one of the government owned rehab centers in the country.
Ms. Rowena H. Espiloy, Health Education and Promotion Officer III, DDB, provided the participants a rundown of the various programs being implemented by the government to address the drug abuse problem in line with the five pillars of action.
The current drug situation in the country was explained by Agent Ma. Chona O. Egam, PDEA. She claimed that the efforts of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies’ respond to the emerging drug trends and helps to counter the modus operandi of local and national drug syndicates.
Highlight of the said seminar-workshop was the on-the-spot poster making and essay writing contests, winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes.