Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week
Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is celebrated every third week of November pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001. The observance aims to increase awareness among Filipinos about the unfavorable effects of drug and substance abuse not only on the health but also on the social, economic, and even the political development of the country.
Proclamation No. 124
The 9th ASEAN meeting of Senior Officials on Drug Matters was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September 1985. The ASEAN member countries have agreed to celebrate the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week every year. On 26 November 2001, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 124 that designated the third week of November as Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.
The Dangerous Drugs Board was tapped to lead the activities commemorating the event together with other government agencies, professional, civic, and religious organizations, and the mass media. The government believes that a systematically coordinated information drive about the evils of drug abuse can greatly help in preventing the rising numbers of drug dependents in the country.
The Department of Education, then known as the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports, released a memorandum sent out to school administrators nationwide prior to the celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week. The theme for the year was, “Sports End Drugs (Sports make Winners – Drugs make Losers).” Among the suggested activities listed in the memorandum are:
- Putting up a bulletin board display depicting the theme in strategic places in the schools and in the communities.
- Radio broadcasts announcing the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control celebrations.
- Coordination with municipal and barangay officials, Parent-Teacher-Community Association, and non-government organizations to invite local sports figures to advocate against drug use and promote sports appreciation.
- Intensive educational campaign against drug abuse through symposia, seminars, film/slide showing, community assemblies, school PTCA meetings/conferences, and print and broadcast media.
- Integration of the drug abuse prevention concepts in appropriate subject areas at the elementary and secondary level.
- Mobilization of senior scouts to conduct inter-school sports tournaments.
- Conducting sports clinics led by local sports figures.
The year’s activities focused on the theme, Kalayaan sa Droga Tungo sa Matatag na Republika (Freedom from Drugs Towards a Stable Republic).
An anti-drug abuse noise barrage was staged by students in private and public schools in Makati City. Meanwhile, in the city hall, Holy Mass was held at the lobby and a “Mardi-Drugs” street dancing contest was done at the quadrangle. A seminar on drug abuse entitled “Barkada Kontra Droga” was conducted by Sangguniang Kabataan.
In Quezon City, Vice-Mayor and chairman of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Herbert Bautista, called for a stricter measures of enforcing drug laws.
The Navotas Anti-Drug Abuse Council (NADC) led the week long activities celebrated all over the city. Activities held included the following:
- Inter-high school sports tournament
- Inter-school painting and poster making contest
- Drug awareness and prevention lecture
- Inauguration and blessing of the Navotas Drug Testing Center
- Concert rally entitled, “Rock-Rockan Kontra Droga”
A symposia, a brass-band showdown, anti-drug concerts, and radio plug and television ad contests were held in Misamis Oriental. The week-long celebration was led by the Misamis Oriental Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
This year’s activities focused on the theme, “Think Health, Not Drugs.”
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