800 student leaders, advisers to gather for Barkada Kontra Droga seminars

The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO), together with the Department of Education Division of Cebu Province, will hold a province-wide “Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD)” orientation and organization seminar to at least 800 student leaders from public elementary and high schools on July 12 and 19 at the Capitol Social Hall.

This orientation-seminar aims to provide students from the province, particularly members of the Supreme Student Government (SSG) and Supreme Pupil Government (SPG), an opportunity to gather, learn and hone their leadership skills.

It is also aimed at shaping both the SSG and SPG officers and advisers’ perspectives on issues related to drug problems and to be able to introduce programs and projects that would address this menace and to work together as anti-drug advocates.

CPADAO Chief Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca said that in line with the thrust of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III in the campaign against illegal drugs, it is important to drum up the support and participation of the youth through the BKD program.

For the July 12 activity, expected participants are high school student leaders and their advisers, while on July 19, it will be participated in by SPG officers and their advisers.

Launched in the school year 2015-2016, the BKD program has become an annual activity with the Cebu Provincial Government providing financial support as well as guidance from CPADAO.

During the training, the new set of SSG or SPG officers and advisers will be oriented on the objectives of the BKD program; there will be a selection of a new set of officers for BKD among the student leaders’ group and the teacher-adviser group; and participants are expected to gain technical input as advocates of drug awareness campaign, commit to help in the massive information dissemination on drug awareness drive through BKD and create an action plan on anti-illegal drug advocacy.

Several speakers have been invited not just to discuss about illegal drugs and the Capitol’s measures to counter this menace in society, but also to guide participants in coming up with their action plans.

After the seminars, Meca said that a series of campus tours will be conducted around the province for the launching of the drug information kiosk, which will carry the theme, “The Truth about Drugs.”

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