drug symposiumDALAGUETE, CEBU - In the advent of the massive drug crackdown in the country, Dalaguete National High School in partnership with the Dalaguete Federation of Supreme Student Government and the Dalaguete Sangguniang Bayan thru the Committee on Education conducted an Anti-Drug Abuse Symposium on August 19, 2016 @ 1pm-Spm. It was simultaneously conducted in four different venues: DNHS covered court for Grade 7, Lapaz covered court for grade 8, Dalaguete RHU Center for grade 9 and Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Complex for grades 10, 11 and students from other public secondary schools, respectively.

Resource speakers from the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) namely: Mr. Melchor M. Barriga, Ms. Marie Dane T, Malagquit, Ms. Edna Parot, Ms, Sarah Kae L Pogoy, Ms. Johannale P. Mangas, Ms. Recil Ersan-Geverola, Ms. Anna Mariz A. Deligero, and Mr. Richard A. Erana served as facilitators in the event The topics they discussed include the Scope of Illegal Drug Trade in the Philippines - the many entry and exit points of the trade, considering the archipelagic structure of the country; the Drug Health Facts - the appalling and unimaginable ingredients of illegal drugs particularly the methamphetamine hydrochloride or commercially known as "Shabu": and the Truth About Drugs - the number of victims who burgeoned into millions in a span of few years and were made to believe the lies about illegal drug use. Several videos were shown to the students that emphasized the severe health risk of drug abuse both physical and mental. The facilitators describe the catastrophe that drugs would bring in the midst of a healthy person's life. The interactive style of the speakers made the audience participate actively and subsequently indulging their brand of interaction. It was apparent that as young as grade 7 students, were well aware of the myriad street names of illegal drugs. Statistics showed that drug cartels' targets have changed over the years from mature consumers to younger clientele. During the open forum the queries that were asked banked on the what, why and how of drug abuse. It was noted that poor family relations and peer influence were the leading causes of drug use.

Drug menace preys into the gullible and naive nature of the youth sector. The organizers believed that the symposium paved the way for awareness and education among the in-school youth of Dalaguete. Eradication of illegal drugs may seem quite a farfetched reality, however, it may not be as far behind when the stakeholders increased the ante on the fight against illegal drugs. I lence, future may not seem uncertain anymore for the younger generation, particularly that of the young Dalaguetnons. [JLB]

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