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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

PDEA supports “Stay Clean and Sober Act”

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) supports a bill authored by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago that seeks to eliminate the incidence and prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse among Filipino students by establishing comprehensive prevention programs in schools nationwide.

PDEA director general Undersecretary Jose Gutierrez Jr. said the agency supports Senate Bill 3085, or the “Stay Clean and Sober Act,” to help address the incidence of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse among students.

The proposed bill tasks the Department of Education (DepEd), in coordination with the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to establish a comprehensive program that includes prevention, intervention, referral for evaluation, treatment, and aftercare for students in all secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

Gutierrez said the said the bill complements Section 43, Article IV of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which provides for the integration of “instruction on drug abuse prevention and control in elementary, secondary and tertiary curricula of all public and private schools” nationwide.

“This highlights the significant role of the schools in promoting anti-drug education to keep students from abusing drugs and other substances like alcohol and tobacco,” Gutierrez said.

The PDEA chief mentioned the recent initiative of PDEA in collaboration with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and Rotary Club of North Balintawak District 3780, in tapping public school teachers in Quezon City as partners and trainers on drug abuse prevention.

“We facilitated a three-day training for 53 elementary and high school teachers to equip them with effective management skills in preventive drug education. The said training highlighted the role of educators, as mentors of the youth, in creating a drug-free country,” Gutierrez said, explaining that the activity for the selected Quezon City public school teachers is a pilot project that is expected to be replicated in other schools all over the country.

“I am encouraging other civic groups, like the Rotary Clubs, to partner with PDEA and adopt a school where we could tap teachers as our force multipliers in implementing sustained drug abuse prevention programs to protect our youth from the clutches of illegal drugs,” Gutierrez said. (PDEA/RJB/SDL-PIA NCR)

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