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DDB should tap frats vs illegal drugs

  • Written by Atty. Jay De Castro
  • Published in Opinion
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THE Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) should tap fraternities in its campaign against illegal drugs to gain headway in educating our people, particularly the youth, about the ill effects of dangerous drugs.

As we know, fraternities or Greek letter organizations based in colleges and universities were established to promote the social, scholastic and professional interests of its members and are said to be the training ground for future leaders of our country.

Many of our former presidents, like Jose P. Laurel, Elpidio Quirino, Ferdinand Marcos and Fidel Ramos were fraternity members. They were molded into becoming leaders of our society by the fraternity they joined in college.

Laurel and Marcos were alumni of Upsilon Sigma Phi, Quirino was an alumnus of Pan Xenia Fraternity (UP) and Ramos an Alpha Phi Omega member. President Rodrigo Duterte is also a frat man, being a member of the Lex Talionis Fraternitas in the San Beda College of Law.

Fraternities produce different kinds of professionals, lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, dentists, optometrists, businessmen, police officers and others.

While fraternities were established only in colleges and universities before, now they have community chapters all over the country.
    
Big fraternities like Tau Gamma Phi, Alpha Phi Omega, Scout Royal Brotherhood and  Alpha Kappa Rho have national, provincial, city, municipal and barangay councils that promote brotherhood, camaraderie, and friendship among their members all over the country.
    
These fraternities not only have university and community-based chapters but alumni organizations, as well, which promote their professional and business interests and provide support or scholarship to their student members.
    
In terms of organizational structure, fraternities and their sororities can be considered as existing and established associations, with a national and local constituency that can help implement and disseminate the government’s social, political and economic projects, like its campaign against illegal drugs and programs for the rehabilitation of drug users or addicts.
    
The campaign against illegal drugs, which targets drug pushers and the rehabilitation of drug addicts are acceptable to all fraternities, considering that many of its members or even alumni have been victims of the menace.
    
Many fraternities all over the country have conducted seminars about the ill effects of dangerous drugs, attended by their student members and friends or sponsored sportsfests to keep them away from illegal drugs.      
    
A good example of a project against illegal drugs done by fraternities is that sponsored by NAKABAKA (Nagkakaisang Kapatiran Para sa Bayan at Kabataan), a symposium against illegal drugs, entitled “Pakikiisa ng mga Kapatiran sa Kampana ni Pangulong Duterte Laban sa Droga,” held last year at the National Press Club, Intramuros, Manila.     
    
NAKABAKA is the national union of the five  biggest fraternities in the Philippines, namely, Alpha Kappa Rho, Alpha Phi Omega, Capazcepa, Scout Royal Brotherhood and Tau Gamma Phi.
    
The seminar was attended by the student members of the said fraternities and the speakers were their alumni, lawyers, prosecutors and police officers who spoke with credibility as they are part of the government’s law enforcement program against illegal drugs.
    
Projects like this and those which provide employment for reformed drug users and others could easily be done, if the DDB will tap the NAKABAKA in its campaign against illegal drugs.
    
With the latter’s existing national and local organizations, the former can be rest assured that its goal to rehabilitate drug addicts and make them responsible and productive members of the community could be achieved.