The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in partnership with North Philippine Union Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church conducted a Seminar for Interfaith-Based Organizations to help reduce the demand for drugs amongst the general public through implementation of church-based programs.
Some ninety (90) participants from different faith-based organizations and schools in General Santos City attended the said seminar.
Pastor Enrile Yata, Health Director, Southern Mindanao Mission, gave his welcome remarks and expressed his gratitude to DDB for the conduct of the said activity. “I hope that all of you will gain valuable knowledge and insights during this seminar to further empower the different faith-based organizations to become anti-drug advocates through the provision of basic information about the drug situation and government efforts to address the drug problem,” he stated.
Dr. Cindy Dollente-Ang, Vice President and Executive Director, PHILCADSA, stressed on the importance of drug abuse awareness and prevention for faith-based organizations and the significant role of religion in the family as the basic unit of society.
Government efforts to address the drug problem in the country was discussed by Usec. Edgar C. Galvante, Permanent Member, DDB. He focused on the different programs of DDB directed towards drug abuse prevention and control and some of the policies of the government on drug matters.
Atty. Marife Alegre, PDEA Regional 12, explained the salient features of RA 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. In her discussion, she covered the history of drug use, the politics behind it and the violations to be incurred with corresponding penalties.
Ms. Salve Goleta, Consultant, Heart Foundation, Inc., talked on the Psycho-social Aspects of Drug Abuse and its Implications. She described the characteristics common to drug dependents and the methods and best strategies to help bring them back to the mainstream of society.
Rev. Ephraim V. Guerrero, Vice President, Interfaith Council on Drug Abuse Prevention (ICDAP) and Administrative Pastor, Pasig Capitol Community Church, talked about the Role of Faith-based Organizations on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control. He enumerated ways to make their campaign more effective and accessible.
Highlight of the activity was the conduct of a mass prayer from different religious sectors seeking guidance for the implementation of policies against illegal drugs, and strength as anti-drug advocates.
The said seminar was conducted October 28-29, 2015 at Pinobretel Suites, Tiongson St., Lagao, General Santos City.