Unite in war against drugs, Celso urges ZCHS teachers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 June 2012 13:46

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday expressed confidence that the impact of the ill effects of drugs on the youth sector will be lessened and mitigated, as teachers such as those from the Zamboanga City High School undergo training on how to utilize peer groups as positive influence on students.

“Think of the time when you were once in school, very much influenced by your circle of friends and how you would use the peer group system or your barkada in the fight against illegal drugs”, the mayor told ZCHS-main teachers undergoing the “Barkada Contra Droga and Life Skills Training” at a restaurant in Tumaga yesterday morning.

He said the seminar-training initiated by the ZCHS-Main administration under Dr. Felisa Munar in cooperation with the Division of City Schools is very laudable for it will enlighten participants on their responsibilities as teachers in combating drug addiction among students.

While the program may not totally eliminate the problem, the mayor said he is confident that the same will lessen the impact of the ill effects of drugs to the live of young students. 

The city government under Lobregat, closely coordinates with the Zamboanga City Police Office,  the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other concerned agencies in the conduct of anti-drug efforts in line with the thrust of giving the young generation a better future.

Proof of this commitment against the drug menace is the conferment of the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit Award to Mayor Lobregat for exemplary support to the government’s campaign against drugs by the PDEA in Manila in 2008.

Mayor Lobregat stressed that the teachers can greatly help in the war against drugs even as he emphasized that the problem cannot and will never be effectively resolved without the support of the community and the people.

The ZCHS-Main under the leadership of Principal Felisa Munar has initiated the conduct of the “Barkada Contra Droga and Life Skills Training” as part of its commitment to truly be a catalyst to ensure better future for its students.

ZCHS-Main has the biggest student population in the city at over 8,000. — Sheila Covarrubias