On August 8 and 16, 2018, Oplan BES activities were conducted in two schools– Camaman-an Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and Libertad Central Elementary School in Butuan City – respectively, participated in by almost 200 Grades 5-6 school children.
Discussions on Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and crime prevention were shared by the energetic police officers of Police Regional Offices (PRO) 10 and 12.
PSI Nur-hajrain C. Sampulna of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 10 expressed that, “The symposium will give guidance to you, children, to be at the right track, which will help you achieve your goals in the future.”
The DARE or Anti-Illegal Drug Symposium focused on the following topics: types of drugs, reasons why people use drugs, effects of drugs, and duties of police personnel in eradicating drugs. Anti-bullying was an added topic in Cagayan de Oro City, shared by PO2 Allen Tamayo of CDO City Police Station 8. For the crime prevention, one of the important tips shared by Major Eugene Ballugo of the RMFB 13 is never to openly share their personal information to anyone, especially in social media accounts.
A question and answer game regarding the things that were discussed were facilitated later on by the police officers to make the activity more fun and interactive. Prizes were given to students who gave the right answers. Gandang Police, PO1 May Shell J. Oro of PRO-10 was also present in the activity where she discussed about OPLAN BES to the children.
One of the teachers in Camaman-an Elementary School expressed how appreciative she was of the activity. “I am very happy that different groups supported our campus for the drug symposium, it was a blessing for our students to know more better about drugs so that they could avoid it.”
On the other hand, Fe J. Mayol, Master Teacher-1, OIC-School Principal of Libertad Elementary School also uttered her gratitude to all the facilitators and donors of the activity. “Daghang salamat sa PNP, EMBRACE, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc. Dako kaayo guid ang inyong ikinatabang. Kami nag-iintegrate man mi sa aming mga lessons, pero sa karong activity nadugangan gyud ang ilang nahibal-an. So salamat kaayo sa mga donors ug sponsors.” (We are very grateful to the PNP, EMBRACE, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. for what you’ve given to our students. It was indeed a big help to them. We are integrating drugs in our lessons but what you shared about anti-illegal drugs is an additional knowledge. Once again, thank you!)