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The Provincial Government of La Union, headed by Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III joins the Council for Welfare of Children (CWC) in celebrating La Union Youth Congress through a symposium which is in line with the 25th National Children’s Month on November 17, 2017 at the La Union Technology and Livelihood Development Center (LUTLDC) with the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”

The said event aims to create anti-drug awareness among the youth in various municipalities of La Union. This project is sponsored by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PDWDO) in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 1(PDEA-RO1).

PSWDO Officer Ranilo P. IPAC welcomed youth leaders as he acknowledged their major role in nation building while Ms. Jayralyn Siddayao of PDEA-RO1 discussed topics on Illegal Drugs and its Harmful Effects affecting both physical and psychological aspect of an individual. On her list are commonly used illegal drugs including marijuana, shabu, inhalants, ecstasy, new psychoactive substances (NPS), opiates, Bangkok pills, cocaine and sedatives. She also said that the use of illegal drugs is often linked to health problems such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, paranoia, violence and hallucinations. Furthermore, users of illegal drugs are frequently hospitalized due to severe intoxications. She pointed there have been an increasing number of suicides among adolescents associated with it. As part of PDEA’s campaign on alleviating spread of illegal drugs, she challenged the youth to “dislike” drugs.

“Each child has a right to a wholesome family which will provide love, care, understanding and guidance which is essential to build a harmonious relationship. If these rights are achieved, there is a tendency that the young generation of today will be restrained from the use of illegal drugs,” said Ms. Elnora Dela Cuesta of PSWDO when she expounded the topic.

The celebration of 25th National Children’s Month is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10661 declaring the month of November of every year as National Children’s Month (NCM).

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