The Cebu Technological University Main Campus Student Affairs and Services – Medical Clinic demonstrated its commitment to promoting student welfare through a comprehensive Drug Awareness Seminar held in collaboration with the Department of Health on November 23, 2023, at the Cebu Tech Gymnatorium.
Themed “People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention,” the seminar aimed to raise awareness about drug abuse prevention and control, aligning with the Philippine Government’s vigorous efforts to combat dangerous drugs and ensure the safety of students within educational institutions.
The distinguished presence of Atty. Ariel Bacatan, Director III of the Civil Service Commission – Region VII, added prestige to the event. Atty. Bacatan formally addressed the audience, emphasizing the critical importance of addressing the Science of Addiction and Stigma. Mr. Alvin Gian Arcaya, Medical Specialist II from DOH TRC – Argao, contributed valuable insights on the topic. Simultaneously, Ms. Georgette Ygona, Social Worker II of DOH TRC – Argao, simplified the discussion on Gateway Drugs and Abuse Prevention, making the information accessible to the diverse audience.
To encourage a deeper understanding and engagement, an open forum facilitated by Ms. Marie Beth Cabanit, CTU – Main Campus Nurse, provided students with the opportunity to interact directly with the speakers. This interactive session fostered a collaborative environment where students could seek clarification and share their perspectives on the critical issues discussed.
Dr. Daisy Therese Llenes, CTU-Main Campus Medical Officer, delivered the closing message, summarizing the key takeaways from the seminar and emphasizing the university’s commitment to promoting a drug-free campus environment. Her message resonated with the overarching goal of the activity, reinforcing the importance of preventive measures against drug abuse.
It’s noteworthy that this initiative aligns with the requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education and the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), specifically under Parameter B: Student Welfare S.3.3 Guidelines on drug abuse prevention and control. By addressing these guidelines, CTU-Main Campus not only meets regulatory requirements but also demonstrates its dedication to nurturing a safe and supportive educational environment for its students.
Words by Almie Mata