A total of six hundred nine (609) Tupinian pupils hurdle 17 weeks drug prevention course - making it the largest Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) batch of graduates in South Cotabato province.
“Dare Program is very useful to us pupils for it taught us how to be responsible in making safe choices like saying “NO” when someone asks us to do something wrong, how to conquer stress and peer pressures and how to be a good citizen”, testified by one of the 609 pupils who marched during the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Graduation Ceremony held on February 28, Friday at Bonifacio Park here.
The quite large number of Grade five and six DARE graduates of five different elementary school in the municipality was highlighted as the largest batch, so far, in South Cotabato province to satisfactorily completed the 17-week course conducted by PO3 Anabelle B. Deita, Phildare Officer.
Board Member Agustin Dema-ala, who is the same time the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Action Officer, complimented the synergized efforts of Tupi-PNP, DepEd and Local Government Unit of Tupi for ensuring the safety of youth against involvement in drugs, gangs or violent activities.
“Ako ay masaya at nagpapasalamat na walang estudyante na gagraduate dito ngayon ang na-involved sa anumang uri ng droga”, gladly shared by the retired Lt. General.
Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. also extended his congratulation to the 71 graduates of Bunao Elementary School, 73 graduates of Acfaon Elementary School, 77 graduates of Santos Hill Elementary School, 97 graduates of Upper Tupi Elementary School and 291 graduates of Polonuling Elementary School.
“Gagawin namin ang lahat upang siguraduhin na nasa tama ang inyong landas”, stated in local dialect by Mayor Tamayo adding, “Ang inyong kinabukasan ay nakasalalay pa din sa inyo”, referring to the pupils.
Meanwhile, it was Board Member Romeo Tamayo who accepted and confirmed the DARE Candidates for Graduation in behalf of Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes who also attended an equally matter on that day.
“Isang paraan para umasenso tayo sa buhay ay ang PAG-AARAL NG MABUTI”, challenged by BM Tamayo.
Dignitaries who likewise showed support were PS/SUPT Jose A. Briones Jr- Officer-in-Charge of SCPPO, C/INSP Larry D. Salcedo- incoming Officer-In-Charge of Tupi-PNP, Dr. Amrah M. Agustin of Tupi North District and Ma. Melba M. Jambangan of Tupi South District.
DARE Program was under the helm of outgoing Tupi-PNP Chief P/Supt Marvin A. Fontalva in collaboration with Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC). It entailed 13 lessons about developing self-esteem and motivation, educating pupils to make sound decision how to resist peer pressure and drugs and alcohol and involvement in gangs and violence, considering the bad effects of drugs to health and being a responsible citizen.