OVER 1.6K STUDENTS COMPLETE DRUG EDUC PROGRAM
Some 1,632 students have finished the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program instituted by the police, the Manila Bulletin said.
EPD Director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba said since its inception in 2016, the Eastern Police District (EPD) has been offering the DARE program to the schools in the cities of Mandaluyong, Marikina Pasig, and San Juan.
DARE is a 10-week program introduced in several elementary schools in the district which aims to spread awareness on the effect of drug and alcohol abuse.
Its primary objective is to teach effective peer resistance and strengthen the refusal skills of young Filipino people so they would be able to say “no” to trying and using drug.
The program also aims to build students’ social skills and enhance their self-esteem by promoting and imbuing positive values.
At the present, 1,361 students are still undergoing the program with 14 DARE police officers serving as teachers.
These police officers are to provide lessons on classroom management, teaching strategies, communication skills, adolescent development, drug information, and thorough instruction on DARE’s 17 lessons.
This was in support of the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
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