Province of Davao Oriental – Inter-school competitions engaging the youth sector highlighted the culmination of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology Gymnasium on November 18, 2016 with the theme “Makinig Muna: ang Pakikinig sa mga Bata o Kabataan ay daan upang tulungan silang lumaki ng Malusog at Ligtas.”
Participated by various secondary and tertiary schools in Mati City, Banaybanay, Lupon and San Isidro, students competed in On-the-Spot Essay Writing and Open Painting Contests.
Out of the 16 entries, Hazel Anne Laurel of San Isidro National High School won the 1st Place in the Essay Writing contest. Phoebe Francel Hugue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy won 2nd Place and Shenny Dee Arquiza of DOSCST-Senior High School got the 3rd place.
On the tertiary level, Mona Grace Betican of DOSCST-Institute of Education and Teacher’s Training got the 1st Place. DOSCST students from the Institute of Computing and Engineering won 2nd and 3rd places namely Michael James Sapino and Pamela Charlayne Pusad respectively.
16 young artists with their different masterpieces have participated in the Open Painting Contest. Bagging first place is the entry entitled “Ibulong sa may Katwiran” by Mateo Dedal, a young faculty member of DOSCST. DOSCST Student Ariane Inabiogan’s “Pamilya Magkaisa tungo sa Maayos at Matatag na Kaunlaran” entry got the 2nd place. Also from DOSCST, civil engineering student Mark Gil Siano won the 3rd place with his painting entitled “Pagmatngon.”
Discussions on Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002, Illegal Drugs in the Philippines and Role of the Youth in Moral Recovery Program spiced up the event. These discussions were enjoined by young leaders and volunteers of the Youth for Peace Movement Davao Oriental and the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines.
Supreme Student Government Officers from Mati National Comprehensive High School, Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Davao Oriental Regional Science High School, Matiao National High School, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, DOSCST-Senior High School, Mati School of the Arts and Trade, Mati Doctor’s College, Manuel S. Nasser Sr. National High School, Bagumbayan Agro-industrial High School, Badas National High School, Dawan National High School, Manuel B. Guiñez Sr. National High School, and Lupon National Comprehensive High School also joined the discussions.
This year’s provincial celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is hosted by the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council headed by Mr. Art Benjie Bulaong, Action Officer and the Provincial Administrator of the Provincial Government, in partnership with Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office, 701st Infantry Kagitingan Brigade Philippine Army, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Kapisanan ng mg Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.
The week-long celebration aims to promote awareness and urge people’s participation, particularly the youth sector, in the fight against drugs. It hopes to open up the hearts and minds of the public about the ill effects of drugs and its harm to the body, the family and the society.
The activities for the said celebration has started last October 14, 2016 with series of events including Motorcade, Launching of Logo Making Contest, Zumba and Inter-school Competitions to name a few. By Van Jorain O. Rufin