UM receives commendation from ICAD for strong anti-illegal drug programs
A certificate of commendation was awarded to the University President Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr. last February 2, 2019 by the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD). The award was handed over by ICAD’s Co-chair and Assistant Sec. of DSWD Jose Antonio R. Hernandez. He was ably assisted by Councilor Pilar Braga and Mr. Ronald Rivera of City Anti-Drug Abuse Council in giving the award. The Community Extension Program and the National Service Training Program also received commendation from Asec. Hernandez.
The citation was accorded by ICAD for the leadership exhibited by Pres. Torres in rallying forth the advocacy of the national government against illegal drugs. Through Dr. Torres, this mandate of the Duterte Administration was cascaded down in the University with the implementation of Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Program spearheaded by the Community Extension Center and the National Service Training Program.
Drug awareness seminars are regularly implemented for the NSTP students led by the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC). On the other hand, drug symposiums and education caravan are widely implemented in UM’s partner schools. This is coupled by diversion activities for the youth such as sports fest, zumba fest and tree planting including clean-ups to turn away their attention from drugs.
The toughest among the many initiatives undertaken by the University was the implementation of rehabilitation program for the drug surrenderees. Trained personnel from the Community Extension office, Social Work Program and Psychology program regularly meet the clients who were formerly known as Persons with Substance Use Disorder. The program “Pag-amUMa” which stands for Pagduyog sa ka Amguhanaron, pag-Uswag Matagamtaman was launched by the University Community Extension Office in line with the City Government’s Community-Based Rehabilitation and After-care Program to facilitate recovery for the drug surrenderees in the communities of Davao City. Among the services offered under Pag-amUMa are physiological, psycho-social, Spiritual, and Livelihood Formations.
Asec. Hernandez in his message, challenged the students to go beyond the school and think of what they can do to keep our country peaceful, safe and livable for the next generations to come.