Academe pledges support to Dagupan’s anti-drugs campaign

DAGUPAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) — Several private and public elementary and high schools have pledged support to Dagupan City’s anti-illegal drugs campaign in a forum held at the city hall last Wednesday.

“We can never attain quality education if there are barriers,” School Division Superintendent Alma Ruby C. Torio said, identifying illegal drugs as among them.

Torio, who said she is taking the fight against drugs personally, led the signing of pledge of commitment by a total of 20 schools in the city.

The pledge intends to address the drug problem in the city.

It was noted during the forum that schools are one of the most vulnerable institutions that can be infiltrated by drugs.

Lemton Agricola, consultant to the anti-drugs campaign, said the city has already started conducting regular seminars at the Dagupan City National High School involving reformed drug users lecturing on the effects of drug use.

Lim called for other schools to open their campuses to hold such seminars. He also proposed to the schools to conduct random drug checks among their students.

Signing the pledge were Torio, representing the Department of Education; Principal Erly Datario of Dagupan City National High School, and representatives from College of St. Michael the Archangel, La Marea Academy, Divine Word Academy of Dagupan City, Living Lights Academy, Ednas School, Escuela Nuestra de La Sallette, Genesis School of Happy Kids Advance Study, Lyceum-Northwestern University, Mother Goose, Pangasinan Universal Institute, Francisco Q. Duque High School, Judge Jose De Venecia Memorial National High School, St. Albert the Great School, St. John School, University of Pangasinan, University of Luzon, Dominican School and Bonuan Boquig National High School. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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