ILOILO City Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to integrate "The History and Menace of Illegal Drugs" in the schools subjects.
Ganzon filed a resolution approved by the City Council on Tuesday, August 9, requesting DepEd and the Division of City Schools to include illegal drug studies in Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health and Sibika or social studies teaching on history, health and civic consciousness.
Ganzon is the chair of the council committee on police, fire, penology, public safety, order and security, dangerous drugs and rehabilitation.
The councilor said that Article II Section 13 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution under the Declaration and State Polices provides that the state recognizes the vital role of youth in nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual and intellectual and social well-being.
The state shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them. Lives are ruined, heinous crimes are committed and families are destroyed due to drug addiction.
Ganzon said that President Rodrigo Duterte is vigorously campaigning against illegal drugs and preventive measures can be done through education as the surest way to inculcate good health practices, value formation and civic consciousness among the youth. (LCP/Sunnex)