KORONADAL CITY – The Community Relations Service Section conducted a Drug Prevention Campaign via Zoom to the more than 600 hundred students, ages 12-18 years old, of Notre Dame of Marbel University – Integrated Basic Education Department (NDMU-IBED) of Koronadal City, December 2-4. The said campaign was in line with the Drug Abuse and Prevention Week, which aims to promote awareness against the evil effects of illegal drug use.

The 2-hour session tackled Drug Abuse Awareness and Prevention and its effect on Mental Health. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be daunting; from physiological and anatomical changes to social acceptance pressures, teenagers become prone to insecurity and desire for validation. The need for acceptance may lead to the use of drugs as peer pressure demands. Further, it said that drug abuse/addiction had been the primary cause of social problems among teenagers (based on Dangerous Drug Board), and if not address well, it might cause severe life destruction of one's life.

"Despite the difficulty and restriction brought by the pandemic, still, the mental health of our students is our primary concerned," said Ms. Lozarita, RN

 With this, the said BJMPRXII takes the initiative to also focus on this advocacy. In partnership with the School’s Guidance Office and School Clinic, the said program will be conducted every year to promote and remind the students of the harmful effect of Drug Abuse and Addiction on their emotional, social and mental aspects.

After the session, J/INSP ROWENA G AUJERO, Chief CRS, talk about Executive Order No. 70 on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the Philippines. It aims to enlighten the students' young minds on black propaganda or fake news created by communist terrorist groups (CTG) and avoid recruitment inside schools.

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