colombo upc palawan sept-24-30-2015-01The six-day training for Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) on Substance Use Curriculum 5: School-Based Prevention Interventions was successfully conducted last September 24-30, 2015 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

This was attended by different trainers from Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Local Government Unit, Non-Government Organization, Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Assistant Secretary Amador S. Pabustan, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, DDB, acknowledged the commitment and support by the Colombo Plan Bureau to strengthen the war against drug abuse. He claimed that the innovative efforts and strategies for the utilization of the evidence based prevention efforts from local and international counterparts has done a lot in the global fight against drug abuse.

colombo upc palawan sept-24-30-2015-02The said training was divided into 8 modules namely: Training Introduction, Schools as an Important Setting for Substance Use Prevention, Child and Adolescent Development, Defining the Substance Use Problem for Prevention Planning in Schools, Applying Theory to Substance Use Prevention, Selecting and Adapting the Right Prevention Program from your School, School Environment and School Policies and Monitoring and Evaluation.

The above-mentioned modules were discussed thoroughly by different master trainers from Colombo Plan, DDB, DepEd and Life Jesus International Ministry.

Participants were given assigned topics based on the modules.    Teach-back sessions were undertaken; it was integrated during the discussion of the different modules of curriculum 5.  Each participant delivered a 15-30 minute lecture on their assigned topic.   They were all evaluated based on knowledge of the subject matter, participants engagement, communication skills and trainer demeanor.

colombo upc palawan sept-24-30-2015-03Dr. Josephine Leonkeow, Global Master Trainer-ICCE Colombo Plan, pointed out that this training will improve the quality of prevention services through expanding and professionalizing prevention practitioners via the International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) certification and training program on UPC.

“I hope that Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) developed by the Colombo Plan Bureau, will meet the high demands of evidence-based practices and strategies in the area of substance use prevention in the Philippines. No matter how small the effort maybe, saving at least one of this vulnerable youth in the growing number of young people abusing drugs will certainly make a difference,” Dr. Leonkeow stated.

colombo upc palawan sept-24-30-2015-04“I challenge all of you to be more committed and continuously strengthen your efforts in cascading the Universal Prevention Curricula (UPC) School Based Prevention Intervention throughout the country,” she added.