MASTER TRAINERS' TRAINING. Police officers from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) pose for posterity after a Master Trainers' training on the "Truth About Drugs" recently by the Drug Free World (DFW) International in Quezon City. (Contributed file photo)
CEBU CITY -- Around 300 police officers in Central Visayas will undergo a three-day extensive master trainers' training on illegal drugs, with the aim of transforming them into effective communicators of information on the ill-effects of drug abuse, an official said Wednesday.
Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Community Relations Officer, Col. Renato Dugan, said the 300 chiefs of police, community relations officers, and investigators from different police stations and special units will participate in the training.
He said PRO-7’s Police Community Relations (PCR) has partnered with Drug Free World (DFW) International in the conduct of the training, dubbed as “Truth About Drugs”.
“We believe that when we are more knowledgeable, we make better law enforcers,” Dugan said.
The program is designed to teach a police officer how to systematically present the truth about drugs, he noted.
DFW International and PRO-7, through its chief, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, forged an agreement to place the region’s police officers under this extensive and all-expense paid training, said the organization’s country coordinator Maria Theresa Juan Marques.
“This will increase their (police officers) skill as a lecturer and be able to have enough presence with their audience that the communicated information is well accepted and understood,” Marques said in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Marques, who has been coordinating DFW trainings since 2015, said Central Visayas will have the largest number of personnel who would undergo the “Truth About Drugs” training program.
In the Philippines, DFW has trained almost 3,000 police personnel already, and has produced around 2 million information materials related to the advocacy they are pitching in.
The participants will also undergo follow through and constant reporting of accomplishments and issues, even beyond the three-day activity, Marques said.
“This is an ongoing engagement wherein we provide material for continued training for other police officers along with continued training of the trainers who have attended our education program,” she noted.
Sinas and DFW International Representative to the Philippines Robert Anderson are expected to grace the opening ceremony on Thursday (March 21) at the Crystal Palace in Barangay Busay this city.
The program will culminate on Saturday (March 23).
Each “graduate” will receive a certificate as “Master Trainer”. (PNA)