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With the aim to equip future trainers with the abilities necessary for adaptive and positive behavior that will enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life, the Dangerous Drugs Board conducted a two (2) day Training of Trainors on Life Skills Enhancement on Drug Abuse Prevention last May 15-16, 2013, at the Ridgebrooke Hotel and Restaurant, Bontoc, Mountain Province.

Some 50 participants composed of High School Student Leaders, School Nurses and Teachers representing the different municipalities of Mountain Province were trained to plan and implement social action programs geared towards drug abuse prevention in their respective communities.

Dr. Penelope Domogo, Provincial Health Officer-I of Bontoc, Mountain Province delivered the Opening Remarks during the program. She acknowledged and at the same time extended her grateful appreciation for the technical and financial assistance rendered by DDB.

Mr. Johnny Co, Provincial Administrator of Mountain Province representing the Office of the Governor delivered the inspirational message. He stressed the need for the participants, especially the students to have a positive attitude in life, as he urged everyone to live a drug-free lifestyle in order to achieve their goals and dreams in life.

To enhance the participants’ self-esteem, different activities were conducted for them to realize their self-worth. They are taught to have good facilitation skills needed to produce an effective group work.

Participants also learned different kind of modules that will help them in their future trainings such as modules on Communication Skills, Decision-Making Skills, Assertion Skills and Personal Skills.

Highlights of the closing program included short talks wherein selected participants shared their impressions on the 2-day training program.