Capitol organizes ‘barkada’ to fight drugs among youth

THE Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) introduced a school-based drug prevention program called Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) at Capitol Social Hall yesterday.

BKD aims to involve student leaders in strengthening the fight against illegal drugs.

Joining the activity were 160 students from public and private schools and 165 teachers.

CPADAO head Ivy Meca said the program is coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd).

“We will promote our movement together with the Department of Education. We will come up with our best practice that is only here in the Province of Cebu,” Meca said.

In a report, Meca said the program’s core objective is to conduct an education and information program for a drug-free lifestyle.

Genevie Superales, 16, president of the supreme student government (SSG) of Lipata National High School, said she was grateful to be part of the activity.

BKD is designed to counter the dangers that go with drug abuse. CPADAO aims to broaden the scope of the BKD movement by engaging students, the youth and the community through simultaneous launchings in the Province of Cebu.

“We will be organizing simultaneous launchings in the whole Province of Cebu. Karon ang atong gibuhat is we give you an orientation and an overview of what BKP is about so we can proceed and move forward,” Meca said.

Teachers will also be oriented on the program.

“Dako kaayo ni siya ug importante kaayo ni siya nga ma-implement in your school (This is big),” Meca said.

The program is divided into four phases: launching seminar; capability building (to include training for leaders about life skills and livelihood); implementation of formulated action; and monitoring and evaluation.

CPADAC will train trainers for the implementation of the program with the cooperation of school officials and administrators.

The livelihood training will be conducted with the support of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

The implementing organizations are either primary or complementary. The primary includes BKD chapters in different municipalities and cities in the province while the complementary unit includes the student council, CPADAC, DepEd, DILG, PSWD and Tesda. Apple Grace C. Danuco, USJ-R Intern
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