DARE on Drugs
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program of the Philippine National Police is being launched in Talavera with the cooperation of the Local Government Unit thru the leadership of Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez and the DepEd. The program, an adjunct to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s efforts to combat the drug problems in the Philippines is part of the United Stand Against Dangerous Drugs (USAD).
Talavera is at the fore front to address the use of illegal drugs. The DARE program is a comprehensive anti-drug curriculum that will be taught to students by specially-trained school principals and teachers. The program of DARE aims to inform/teach the students about the harmful effects of drugs and strengthen them to resist the temptation of drug experimentation and the pressure of peers who want them to engage in drug use. It also aims to enhance students’ self-esteem and build their social skills, as these are believed to be linked to the cause of their drug use. It also aims to lessen drug dependent people in Talavera especially students by teaching them effective peer resistance and refusal skills so that they can say “no” to drugs and their friends who may want them to use drugs.
Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez is hopeful that with DARE, students will be given more information about dangerous drugs and this will cause them to make the right decisions that could affect their future.(CRP)