“THE school can only do so much. Proper parenting is the best preventive strategy for substance use and abuse.”
Dr. Jeason Mark Consing, medical doctor of the Department of Education (DepEd), cited this in a Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently in celebration of the 25th National Children’s Month with the theme "Bata: Iligtas sa Droga.”
Consing said, however, that the department has continuously strengthened its anti-illegal drug education component in support of the administration’s fight against illegal drugs.
DepEd Negros Oriental refocused its preventive illegal drugs program with curriculum instructions, co-curricular initiatives, and drug education together with drug testing, he said.
As early as elementary, certain measures are being done, such as incorporating drug-related issues on the curriculum of Grade 4 in Mapeh subject.
“While we are empowering the students through education, we intensify drug eradication program to develop in them a positive behavior and life skills to resist drugs,” said Consing.
Through this, DepEd also established “Barkada Kontra Droga,” a preventive education and information program to counter the dangers and disastrous effects of drug abuse.
The program empowers the individual to be the promoter in his peer groups in advocating healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
Under the mandatory drug testing based on Republic Act 9165, Consing reported that non-teaching personnel of DepEd have to undergo a drug test, but for the teaching personnel, it will be on a random basis. (PIA)