The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) holds an awarding ceremony to recognize winners of the Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) implementers in secondary schools today, July 12, at Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas City.

The ceremony was attended by officials, guests, and program coordinators of DDB, Department of Education (DepED), and representatives from the winning secondary schools.

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Sto. Niño National High School in South Cotabato secured the first spot, while Agusan del Sur National High School and Bangcud National High School in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon garnered the second and third place, respectively.

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Also recognized during the awarding ceremony were Tambulig National High School in Zamboanga del Sur and San Josef National High School in Cabanatuan City as runner ups.

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The competition aims to strengthen the National Drug Education Program (NDEP) through the establishment of BKD movement in schools. The winners were evaluated based on the functionality of programs on drug abuse prevention, coverage and scope of implementation, nature and extent of drug abuse prevention activities, extent of involvement of various individuals/ groups in providing leadership and support in program implementation, attainment of objectives, and monitoring/ evaluation scheme.

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Best practices of the different BKD chapters will serve as models for other schools to implement.

In his message, DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy lauds the efforts of the students, faculty members and school administrators in the strong implementation and sustained drug prevention programs in schools and communities. “Today, we honor the people, groups and institutions that have made drug abuse prevention their advocacies. I am extremely proud of all the educators, students and youth who are here today, who have made an impact in their institutions and communities, through living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle,” he said.

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“I hope that you continue to be catalysts of change and support the government in attaining a progressive country free from the menace of illegal drugs,” he added.

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Plaques and cash prizes were given to the winners. First placer received Php 50, 000.00 in cash. The second and third placer received 40,000.00 and 30, 000.00 in cash, respectively. Runner-ups also received a consolation prize worth Php 10, 000.00 each and a plaque.

Pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 127 s. 2018, the Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga Implementers in Secondary Schools for School Year 2017-2018 was conducted by DDB and DepEd, through the Bureau of Learner Support Services-School Health Division (BLSS-SHD).