Anti-drug campaign goes to city public high schools

The information education campaign of the City Government against illegal drugs is in full swing as the Task Force on Anti-Drug Abuse and Education goes around public high schools here.

The Task Force is under the Iloilo City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, headed by Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.

“We have put this campaign into motion to raise the awareness about illegal drugs in our schools, where students and youth are the primary targets of drug pushers,” he said.

Nine out of 13 city public high schools so far have benefited from the anti-drug symposium.

Officials of the barangay where the schools are located are also attending the symposium.

“We are pleased of their response and participation especially that barangay officials are expected to be in the frontline in our war against illegal drugs,” Mabilog stated.

Speakers from the City Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Iloilo City Police Office, discuss topics on Drug Situation per district, Reasons Why Young People Turn to Drugs, the Ill Effects of Illegal Drugs, and Salient Provisions of Republic Act 9165 Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Schools that have undergone the symposium are Fort San Pedro National High School; Iloilo City National High School; Jaro National High School; Ramon Avanceña National High School; La Paz National High School; Jalandoni Memorial National High School; Mandurriao National High School; Bo. Obrero National High School; and Melchor L. Nava National High School.

Scheduled for the rest of the month are Buntatala National High School (Feb. 18); R.G. Hechanova National High School (Feb. 20); and Tiu Cho Teg-Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School (Feb. 27).

Mabilog said the Task Force will conduct the symposium in the barangays during summer and will go around private high schools, colleges and universities thereafter. (Lucy Montealto-Sinay/Iloilo City PIO)

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