Mayor Belen Fernandez has underscored the significance of creating social awareness on the ill-effects of smoking, alcoholism and illegal drugs to the community, particularly to the young generation during the launching of Smoking, Alcoholism and Drug (S.A.D.) Free Dagupan City on November 17 at the City Astrodome.
Students from different schools in Dagupan participated in the activity that gave insights on drugs, smoking and alcoholism in coordination with the Department of Education-Dagupan, Private School Principals League of Dagupan City and the Adventist Community Services.
The local chief executive likewise highlighted the efforts of the city government in its bid against illegal drug activities such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-led ‘Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan’ (BIDA) FUN RUN held during the Bangus Festival 2023 to promote awareness on the consequences of illegal drug use; establishment of Balay Silangan reformation facility for drug offenders; and securing peace and order in the community through the support of the Philippine National Police-Dagupan, DILG, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other national government agencies, among others.
Moreover, the city advocates for the promotion of sports, music and arts among young Dagupeños to bring out their fullest potential and take them away from vices such as smoking, alcoholism and illegal activities, according to Mayor Fernandez as she stressed the importance for the youth to invest in education as foundation for a better future.
Dagupan’s 200-million-peso scholarship program caters to current and new scholars with education being a top priority under the Fernandez administration.