The Cebu Provincial Government mobilized a school body to combat illegal drugs in a program called Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD).
In collaboration of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Cebu Province Division, Governor Hilario P. Davide III led the formal launching of program last July 20 at Ecotech Center, Cebu City.
With him are CPADAC Vice Chair Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca, CPADAC Executive Director Joey Herrera, and DepEd officials Rosemary Oliverio and Jane Gurrea.
Speaking to the presidents of Supreme Student Government (SSG), the governor urged them to take advantage of their “moral ascendancy”.
“As officers of the SSG, dako kaayo mo og impluwensya sa inyong (you have a huge influence over your) fellow students. Help the provincial government, the school, and the community in the campaign against drug abuse,” he added.
As the chair of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC), Governor Davide gave two specific instructions: Avoid the use of illegal drugs and prevent their fellow students from using the same.
Around 472 SSG officers and advisers from different high schools of DepEd-Cebu Province were present during the launching. It will be followed by SSG Division Federation Election, Orientation, and Organization as well as workshop focused on BKD. The activity will end on July 21.
Herrera said they are building network among the students to complement DepEd’s in-depth drug educational program.
The program also tapped the knowledge of SSG officers how to formulate a plan of action to prevent the entry of illegal drugs in their ranks.
He said one of the reasons the students use illegal drugs is peer pressure, which would also be a tool under the BKD to prevent the proliferation of the same in schools.
CPADAC Coordinator Gurrea of DepEd said it is not yet on their program that SSG officers should undergo drug testing. But Herrera hinted that it is not a remote possibility since it is imperative that the SSG officers are drug free.