DepEd-10 tightens bans on smoking and selling cigarettes on campuses – Manila Bulletin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) Region 10 Office has implemented three absolute bans as part of its tobacco control program to steer children away from cigarette addiction.

These bans include smoking on school premises, selling cigarettes within 100 meters of schools, and partnering with all tobacco companies.

Dr. Myra Yee, Chief Medical Officer of DepEd-Region 10, made the statement at a media forum on Thursday, June 2, stressing that the move was aimed at preventing children from becoming addicted to cigarettes.

The bans, according to Dr. Yee, apply to the entire region and offices in DepEd Region 10.

Yee emphasized that the said interventions will help maintain the good health of not only children and school employees, but also DepEd employees.

Said program is outside of DepEd’s Oplan Kalusugan.

“This is serious. As we all know our learners are very crucial especially in their teenage period (10-19 years old) which can be prone to all types of addictions including tobacco,” said Yee by explaining the crucial phase of a person’s adolescent period.

Besides the tobacco control program, the DepEd-10 also highlighted the National Drug Education Program, which not only covers tobacco but also drug and alcohol addiction.

On tobacco, Yee said that they have already conducted empowerment training for tobacco coordinators in all 14 DepEd divisions in the Northern Mindanao region.

“We also have training for brief tobacco interventions, particularly those [students] who already have an addiction problem,” she added.

On the other hand, Dentist III Dr. Rey Ignacio Cagang, the focal person of DepEd’s national drug education program, did not overlook the fact that there were students who had been caught smoking. or under the influence of alcohol on school premises.

However, he assured that the DepEd will always apply standard operating procedures for such cases.

“Once we catch a certain student, we have standard operating procedure with that. We refer them to the guidance counselor, notify the headteacher, and the guidance counselor will call the parents to let them know about their child’s behavior,” Cagang said.

Cagang also stressed the importance of parental involvement to prevent children from becoming addicted to different types of addiction.

In June, the country observes National No Tobacco Month.

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