PDEA XI trains trainers on substance abuse prevention

THE DRUG Abuse Prevention and Control Week is celebrated every third week of November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124 issued on Nov. 26, 2001 with this year’s theme “Makinig Muna – Ang Pakikinig sa mga Bata o Kabataan ay Daan Upang Tulungan Silang Lumaki na Malusog at Ligtas.”


 The observance aims to increase awareness among Filipinos about the detrimental effects of illegal drugs and substance abuse not only on health but also the country’s social, economic, and even political growth and development.

 In commemoration with the celebration, Preventive Education and Community Involvement Section (PECIS) and Davao Occidental Provincial Drug Enforcement Office of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI, in cooperation with Department of Education, Division of Davao Occidental, conducted the trainers training on substance abuse prevention education (SAPE) at Davao Occidental School Division Training Room, Fishing village, Malita, Davao Occidental.


 The PDEA XI personnel discussed the basic drug identification and its ill effects; signs and symptoms of a substance abuser; reasons why people turns to drugs; powers and duties of PDEA and salient provisions of Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.” The PDEA personnel also discussed the Art. IV, Sec. 44 of Republic Act 9165 to exercise their mandate as the “person in authority” inside and within the immediate vicinity of the school.

 The training/workshop was attended by 55 national drug education program (NDEP) coordinator, guidance counselor and prefect of discipline of Department of Education, Division of Davao Occidental. The trained personnel will become the force multipliers in the demand reduction campaign program in their respective schools.


 The agency believes that the most effective tool against drug abuse is through proper education. As such, the youth, students and the substance abuser will realize the ill effects of dangerous drugs to human body and the consequences if they will hook into it.

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