By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched a search which aims to recognize the role of learners in preventing the illegal use of drugs in schools in line with the government’s vision of a drug-free Philippines.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd memorandum no. 20 series of 2020, announced the Search for the Outstanding Learners in Drug Abuse Prevention Advocacy through the Bureau of Learner Support Services-Youth Formation Division (BLLSS-YFD) in partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DBB).
“The endeavor aims to improve the involvement and participation of learners in the development and implementation of drug prevention policies and programs that promote healthy lifestyles of young people,” Briones said in the memo.
Briones noted that the Search is relative to Executive Order No. 66 s. 2018 or “Institutionalizing the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS)” which aims to strengthen the efforts of the government related to its campaign against illegal drugs.
Based on the guidelines, DepEd said that candidates must be a learner from public secondary schools or Grades 10 and 12 students. The learner must also “have an active involvement in various drug abuse prevention activities,” must be “drug-free” and with good moral character certified by the School Guidance Counselor or School Head.
The candidates should also be endorsed by the school head with supporting documents of his or her involvement in the preventive drug education campaign.
The entries will be selected during the initial screening at the Schools Divisions Office (SDOs) on March 2 to 3 and the selection of the final candidates will be on March 5.
The DBB will be giving a total of 2,000 medals and certificates to learners who have outstanding and active involvement in various drug abuse prevention advocacies.