by Marciano Paroy Jr.
Dr. Freddie Bernal, Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CAR) visited colleges here in Kalinga last October 18 for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of RA 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2000.
CHED is mandated to look into the programs of schools on Drug Education and Prevention as implemented by their respective Offices of Student Services. For KASC, Dr. Adoracion Taguba, Director for Student Services and Admission, welcomed the monitoring team composed of the Regional Director, Engr. Ranie Levita, Ms. Tersita David and Mrs. Menchie Kuengan.
Dr. Carmelita Ayang-ang, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, proudly informed the monitoring team that the school does not have a problem on drug addiction.
“One strong factor that is contributory to the control of the problem is the presence of guidance counselors within each institute, aside from the college guidance counselor, Lovelia Iringan,” Dr. Taguba told the group.
The monitoring activity requires each higher education institution to comply with the following areas: Integrated dangerous drugs prevention concerns in the general education component; Integrated dangerous drugs prevention concerns in the professional subjects particularly that of Teacher Education courses and Health-related courses; Conducted symposia, debates, plays, essay-writing contests and similar activities on dangerous drugs prevention and control; Participated actively in dangerous drugs prevention programs and activities initiated by the government and non-government organizations in the community, as part of the extension service/program; Conducted awareness program/advocacy on dangerous drug abuse prevention activities.
“We have complied with all of the above areas,” Dr. Taguba said.
Along with KASC, the CHED monitoring team also visited St. Louis College of Bulanao, Kalinga College of Science and Technology, and Cordillera A+ College og Technology.