The National Service Training Program (NSTP), under the auspices of the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), conducted a day-long substance abuse prevention education to 2nd year students enrolled in the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) 1. This weekly session was given in two batches for a period of two weeks, starting 7th July and ending on 14th July 2012. Mr. Gregorio B. Espiritu, Jr. (Administrative Officer I) and Noli Nephi D. Dimaandal (Information Officer III) of PDEA Region XI facilitated the session at Finster Auditorium.

This partnership between the university and PDEA is a concrete manifestation of the NSTP Law’s overall principle in promoting civic consciousness among its citizens. It can be noted that substance abuse prevention is recognized as one of the thrusts of fostering the citizenry’s general welfare especially among children and youth sectors that remain to be vulnerable groups in the proliferation of drug addiction.

SICO, the administrator of this government-mandated program, is fully committed to this particular way of proceeding because not only does this conform to the implementation of the NSTP Law (otherwise known as Republic Act [RA] 9163), but that this also forms part of the greater concern on social formation which the office is mandated to promote.

This session on substance abuse prevention conducted by PDEA to CWTS students is now on its 3rd year of implementation pursuant to Rule III of the Program Implementation Section (4c) of the NSTP Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR). (By M. Isabel S. Actub, SICO)

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