Metro-East Political Leaders, DepEd, PNP, LGUs and Students Participate in a Dialogue and Seminar to Counter Illegal Drugs and Terrorism

The ill-effects of drug abuse and terrible influence of terrorism became major social dilemma in our country especially to the youth. With this, Eastern Police District under the leadership of PBGEN Christopher E Tambungan, District Director, supports the cascading of “Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terrorismo (KKDAT)” which aims to educate the young people about the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and the abuse of illegal substances as well as to engage in dialogues that help them gain more understanding about its ill-effects.

On April 2, 2019 , the Cascading and Training of Trainers Seminar on KKDAT was conducted at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig. The KKDAT Trainers’ Team was led by PCOL REMIGIO S SEDANTO, Deputy Director, Police Community Affairs Development Group (PCADG) together with other lecturers PLTCOL DENNIS DL MACALINTAL, Chief, CADD Division and PLTCOL DENVER A ALIDAO, Assistant Chief, CADD Division. Several topics such as overview of KKDAT, effective facilitation and know your PNP, and love for country were being discussed which also include an AVP presentation on drugs and terrorism.

Of the five (5) Districts of NCRPO, the Eastern Police District is the first to cascade the KKDAT program of the PNP. The one-day cascading seminar was attended by the EPD Director PBGEN TAMBUNGAN, DD, EPD, together with the members of Command Group, different Youth Sectors of PAMAMARISAN, Student Leaders, Barangay Councils, and DepEd Representatives. The participants signed the Pledge of Commitment to support this program.

In his speech, PBGEN Tambungan said “the Eastern Police District will greatly support this program if it means to prevent our young people from engaging in illegal drugs and terrorism. To make this happen, we also need the active support of the different youth council and student leaders of the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina and San Juan.”

An open forum among the participants was also held during the seminar wherein several concerns and suggestions pertaining to illegal drugs and terrorism were raised and were answered too. Over all, the activity yielded positive results largely in the participation of the different sectors.

“I believe that it’s not too late to solve this problem. We can do this if we help and cooperate one another. Together, let us continue this legacy for the sake of the next generation and eventually we could still perceive what Rizal said that “Ang Kabataan ang Siyang Pag-asa Ng Bayan”. PBGEN TAMBUNGAN added.

The KKDAT program is an initiative to support the campaign of our President against illegal drugs and violent terrorism. Thus, the nationwide cascading of this program which started in Region 11 became another alternative solution in the country’s major social issues.