To celebrate the Rotary’s continuing commitment to the youth, the Rotary Club of Parañaque East (RCPE) led by Best President Jun Benzon, through its Rotary Community Corps (RCC) Cubicside-Merville, conducted a “Seminar on Drug Addiction and Abuse” last September 28 at the Barangay Merville Hall.
This seminar was especially aimed at addressing the increasing use of prohibited drugs by the youth.
It was meant to fight the menace of drug addiction and abuse in order to protect the youth from committing drug-related crimes as well as preserve their health and welfare.
It was a successful preventive educational and community information campaign which also involved the participation of the RCPE Interact Club of Barangay Merville.
The various aspects of the abuse and addiction to prohibited drugs were discussed by police major Rolly Santiago, former head of the anti-narcotics team of Paranaque City; Jose Maria “Jihgs” Reyes, an accredited resource speaker and consultant of the Dangerous Drugs Board; and Dr. Alma Ortillo, DoH accredited physician of the Paranaque Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
There were 89 teenagers and 25 young adults who attended the anti-drug seminar which was held under the signature “Happy Barangay Project” of Rotary District 3830 Gov. Lito Colona in cooperation with Barangay Merville Council headed by Barangay Captain Alice Benzon.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who was the guest of honor and speaker, said, “I am very impressed with the seminar and I intend to replicate it in all the barangays in the city to make Parañaque a drug-free city.”