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By Chito A. Chavez

 The Quezon City Council has approved a resolution asking the city government and the Department of Education (Deped) to include in the curriculum lessons on dangerous drugs in the city’s public and private schools.

Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla, author of Resolution 7025-2017, said the measure is in compliance with the policy of the state to protect the integrity and wellbeing of all Filipinos, particularly of the youth, from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.

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 Further, the resolution aims to highlight the importance of instituting the provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 to safeguard the well-being of the youth.

 Section 42, Article IV of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 mandates that “all elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools’ student councils and campus organizations shall include in their activities a program for the prevention of and deterrence in the use of dangerous drugs, and referral for treatment and rehabilitation of students for drug dependence.

 Section 43 moreover states that drug abuse prevention and control shall be integrated in the elementary, secondary and tertiary curricula of all public and private schools, whether general, technical, vocational or agro-industrial as well as in nonformal, informal and indigenous learning systems.

 Sharon Gutierrez, education program specialist of the Schools Division Office of Quezon City, said the anti-drug curriculum integration is to be included in the Music, Arts, Physical Education (MAPE) and Health and Values Education subjects from the primary to secondary school level.

 Local government units (LGUs) are required to allocate an appropriate substantial portion of their annual budget for the assistance and improvement of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 giving priority to educational programs and the rehabilitation or treatment of drug dependents, based on Section 51, Article VII.

 The Quezon City government already created the QC Anti- Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) which is tasked to implement an integrated program in establishing a drug-free Quezon City.

 QCADAAC has been allotted a budget of P48.8 million for 2017.

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