Some sixty (60) participants attended the Seminar-Workshop on Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) held at Riverview Resort and Conference Center, National Highway, Barangay Parian, Calamba City, Laguna.

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), with the help of the local government of Calamba City, Laguna conducted the said seminar-workshop to demonstrate and appreciate the roles of parents on drug abuse prevention and control. This program will help the parents in finding ways to improve the relationship with their children and to detect and refer drug dependents for appropriate care.

Ms. Zenaida O. Concepcion, OIC, Anti - Drug Abuse Council of Pasig (ADCOP), acknowledged all the guests and participants in her welcome remarks. She expressed profound gratitude to DDB for the technical assistance extended to implement a worthy undertaking and making this activity possible.

Ms. Nelia L. Fiecas, Health Education and Promotion Officer ll, DDB, discussed the Government Efforts to Address the Drug Problem.  Highlighted were the Five (5) Pillars of Action, namely, the Drug Supply Reduction, Drug Demand Reduction, Alternative Development, Civic Awareness and Response and Regional and International Cooperation.  Programs of DDB was derived from the said pillars.

Workshop on Discovering Oneself as Parent was conducted and facilitated by Ms. Remedios C. Guerrero, former Supervising Health Program Officer, Department of Health (DOH).  The interests, talents, values and goals set by the family members were explored and discussed.  “It is very important to identify parents’ as well as children’s strong and weak points to enhance your positive attitudes which are significant in building Self-Esteem,” she stated.

The topic on Family as an Institution was handled by Atty. Cesar G. Posada, Legal Consultant, DDB.  He cited some provisions of the Family Code.  He emphasized parental authority which is the right of parents to impose discipline, develop the moral, mental, physical character and the total well-being of children.

Ms. Fiecas discussed the role of Parents on Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention.  “You have both preventive and protective roles to perform.  Family members are always part of the treatment process.  You have corresponding roles to play in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents,” she stated.