The Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners of Davao Oriental were oriented on the possible consequences of using illegal drugs.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) of Governor Generoso Municipal Station led by Police Staff Sergeant Charlotte M. Bacang, in partnership with the ALS Deped Governor Generoso North District under the supervisory of Ariel P. Tan, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Public Schools District Supervisor, conducted an orientation about Project READY or “Resistance Education Against Drugs for the Youth” in Barangay Crispin Dela Cruz in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.
Tan said the project is a great tool to increase the understanding of our youth about the consequences of using illegal drugs and learning different preventive strategies and techniques to say no to all forms of illegal substances.
According to Mark Anthony F. Sanchez, ALS district coordinator, the ALS learners are expected to learn and develop life skills such as obedience to the law and considering consequences and combating pressure to use drugs by saying no. The ALS learners will also be learning moral values and building self- esteem.
Marissa Panay, an ALS learner and a mother, is grateful that learners like them and the youth, who are vulnerable, are given opportunities to learn more about resistance to drugs.
“Pasalamat mi sa Deped ALS og sa taga PNP kay bisan naay pandemya padaun gihapon ilang pagpaningkamot na mogahin og panahon alang sa pagtudlo og pagdungag sa among kaalam, bahin sa paglikay sa paggamit og illegal na droga og mahimo kaming responsableng lumulupyo sa katilingban,” she said.
Project READY aims to institutionalize the standard of preventive information and education program of the PNP in protecting the youth from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs. Bacang said this project also inculcates leadership values and a sense of social responsibility to the learners.
DepEd and PNP will be working hand in hand on this project and they hope to have a new generation of youth leaders focused and determined in keeping a drug-free community.
By Aileen Real