CHED beefs up campaign vs illegal drugs, terrorism

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has committed to intensify its efforts against illegal drugs and terrorism, especially among higher education institutions (HEIs) in Central Luzon. 

CHED OIC-Regional Director Maria Teresita Semana said that given the agency’s objective to promote the well-being of the youth and the general population, they have designed activities to advocate drug education and healthy lifestyle in the communities.

“We are one with the government in our aim to educate our students about the ill effects of illegal drugs and terrorism, and we hope that we can tap them as force multipliers in this advocacy. That is why we launched the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy and has since been very active in its different programs,” Semana said. 

Particularly in the region, CHED partnered with Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and Philippine National Police in order to institutionalize KKDAT chapters to support the advocacy of the government that no student should be left behind in this time of pandemic. 

This, she said, also aims to encourage student councils and student bodies in the different HEIs to come up with joint activities that will further develop the skills, attitudes and potentials of the students.

Semana added said that the commission also conducts semestral student congress anchored on the theme “Kabataan sa Bagong Normal (KaBaNo): Kaagapay ng Pamantasan at Pamahalaan tungo sa Maunlad na Pamayanan ng Rehiyon III”. 

“This year, we conducted the first semester congress in July. The second one is scheduled in November, wherein aside from illegal drugs and terrorism, we will also tackle the rising cases of teenage pregnancy in partnership with the Commission on Population and Development,” she said. 

CHED Central Luzon has also formed Student Affairs and Service Core Group consisting of HEI officials to talk about the different student affairs services that should be given to the students. 

For 2022, Semana said CHED is set to launch #Ligtas na Campus or drug-free higher education in the Philippines; #Lusog na Kabataan or drug-free youth, healthy nation; and #Lingap sa Institusyon or drug-free campuses: pillars of hope for drug-free Philippines. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)