Danao conducts drug awareness

DANAO City concluded recently the first Drug Awareness Youth Leadership Summit 2017 (DAYLS) to 84 youth-participants from the 42 barangays of the city at Danasan Eco-Adventure Park, Danasan, Danao City.

The summit’s theme was “Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onang Danawanon”.

The DAYLS was facilitated by Lt Paul Richard Gobway of the 31st DRC,  Philippine Army and Youth For Peace Philippines led by the National President Mr. John Patrick Onggao with the support of Mayor Ramon “ Nito” D. Durano III and Councilor Kristine C. Gorre, Chairman on Committee on Anti-Drug.

The city provided all the necessary requirements that made the three-day Drug Awareness/YLS Seminar-Workshop a success.

No less than Mayor Durano graced the opening ceremonies.

In his message, Mayor Durano inspired and urged the youth participants to take advantage of the said endeavor to enrich their knowledge and hone their leadership potentials as they play critical roles in nation building and for the welfare of the society.


The DAYLS, through a series of lectures and team building activities, was aimed to develop self-confidence, teamwork, discipline and leadership skills and enhance awareness on the ill-effects of illegal drugs, criminality prevention and environmental issues.

It was also designed to promote positive and healthy self-image, critical thinking, love of country, social responsibility and spirit of volunteerism among the youth.

The 3-day live-in seminar/workshop was undertaken with the series of lectures and workshops from the following heads or representatives of government and non-government agencies: CPADAO Executive Director- Ms. Carmen Remedios D. Meca, CPADAO Consulant- Mr. Manuel “Pocholo” De los Santos, PNP Danao OIC-PSI Alejandro Batobalonos, Mega Cebu Representatives-Mr. Rosendo Bonghanoy Jr. and Mr. Mhike Jelord Rollo, CSWDO-PYAP President- Mr. Zaldy Jayme, SP Member Chair. Committee on Peace and Order- Hon. Jose Thaddeus Roble Jr., Youth for Peace Philippines President- Mr. John Patrick Onggao and Philippine Army TF Cebu – Col Baluyan and  31st DRC Troops led by Lt Gobway.

Christian, a young out-of-school participant who just finished Grade 2, said “akong naexperience kay unique. I just finished Grade 2 and still fighting now. Thankful kaayu ko nga naapil ko aning DAYLS kay nainspire ko nga molambo sa akong kinabuhi isip usa aka batan-on bisan pa man ug wala koy naeskwelahan.”

The youth were also inspired Gorre’s message: “We will show to the people that the youth are not losers but leaders, not menaces but ministers. You are who you are based on your actions, not on how you look.” It also served as a challenge to the youth who are considered as “the pillars and fibers of nation building”.<b>(PR)</b>


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