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PDEA XI intensifies demand reduction program

Davao City (9 July) -- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI Director Roybel M. Sanchez said today that the agency is currently intensifying its campaign on demand reduction program against illegal drugs, substances being abused and illegal trafficking purposely to widely inform the public, more particularly the youth sector on the ill-effects of drugs.

Director Sanchez said the Preventive Education and Community Involvement Division (PECID) of PDEA XI is heading its way in leading this campaign in cooperation with lt. Col Rodrigo M Ilustrisimo (INF) PA, USEP-ROTC Commandant, Mr. Teodorico L Dela Cruz Jr., National Service Training Program (NSTP) Unit Director and the Office of the Student Service headed by Ms. Susan Vicente D Villarente.

PECID conducted an Anti-Drug Abuse Prevention Symposium last July 3 and 4 at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Bo. Obrero, Davao City participated in by both high school and college students.

Oher lectures and symposia on the ill-effects of illegal drugs were likewise held in different schools, colleges and universities in Region XI.

As part of the National Service Training Program, thousand of freshmen students from the different college departments enrolled with NSTP-Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and NSTP-Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) were educated about the ill effects of dangerous drugs.

The PECID personnel also discussed what the penalties are if they violate the provisions of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as "The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Director Sanchez said "we believe that prevention programs such as continuous education for the community and campaigns on the barangay levels more paricularly on the youth sector, are part of the solutions to combat the problems and crimes brought about by illegal drugs." (PDEA XI/Noli Dimaandal/rbpalacio) [top]

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