DepEd holds webinar series on battling substance abuse

Published July 20, 2021, 6:47 PM

by Analou de Vera

DepEd Webinar on drug education program (Photo courtesy DepEd)

The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched a webinar series for its personnel in order to impart to their learners the dangers of drug abuse.

The DepEd said that the webinar will be in five parts. The first part was conducted last July 15, Thursday, titled “Helping Youth Stay Drug-Free Through Drug Literacy,” that tackled the importance of drug education in helping learners be aware of the harmful effects of drugs.

“The webinar series aims to educate the personnel of DepEd on the NDEP (National Drug Education Program) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the agency said

The NDEP and Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) coordinators, teachers, health personnel, and other non-teaching personnel attended the first part of the webinar series. The succeeding webinars will be conducted this month until October.

“We are urging our schools to intensify anti-drug abuse information in communities as well as mobilization of scout leaders to integrate drug abuse prevention to scout trainings. Your collaboration with us and your LGUs will make sure that our learners will stay away from the danger of drugs,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

The NDEP is a “comprehensive and holistic approach to address the problem of drug abuse,” said Bureau of Learners Support Services Officer-in-Charge Director Lope B. Santos III.

“It was designed to enable all sectors to work collaboratively with the school system as the core, thereby unifying all the sectoral endeavors and components namely curriculum; co-curriculum; staff development; parent education and community outreach; and monitoring research and evaluation,” added Santos.

The adults should be good role models to the youth, said Health Education professor and ASEAN Director for Training Center for Preventive Drug Education Francis Grace Duka-Pante.

“The schools are setting for prevention, remember that the family remains the most important protective factor. The most important role of the parents, the responsible adults, teachers, and prevention advocates is to be good role models for our young people,” said Pante.