Popdev Essay Contest

The graduation for the second batch of Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw Nang Droga (STAND) program commenced last 03 March 2018 at the New City Hall Atrium, unleashing a new chapter in the lives of the newest batch of Tagumenyos certified by a multi-agency council as drug-free.

STAND launched in July 2016 is the banner program of the LGU to fight drug problems in the city and is a brainchild project of Mayor Allan Rellon.

186 TADs or Tagumenyo Ayaw ng Droga (an endearment for the surrenderees) attended the emotional graduation. They were accompanied by their family and friends to support their successful completion of the said program.

A surprise drug test was conducted prior to the graduation proper. Urine samples were collected and examined through the help of the City Health Office with the assistance of the Department of Health.

Mr. Clodito Canada, the Provincial officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Davao del Norte, jokingly remarked that they will be out of jobs if more drug dependents voluntarily surrender themselves. “It’s really an opportunity for them na iprove sa ilang sarili na dili na sila mubalik sa paggamit ug pagbaligya sa illegal na droga (It’s really an opportunity for themselves to prove that they can stop using and selling illegal drugs)…It would help not only themselves and their families but the law enforcement as well.” He added that by not using and selling drugs, the demand decreases which also minimizes the supply.

Mr. Louie Selario, one of the directors of STAND appealed to the graduates to instil the values he taught them for their families and for self-improvement. Likewise, Mayor Rellon urged those who are still reluctant to surrender to think about their family and themselves. “Diri ta sa gobyerno kay walay laing tumong ug tinguha ang atong gobyerno kundi alang sa inyong kapakanan…” (Trust the government because its goal and desire is to protect your welfare)

Graduates of STAND program can expect employment referral/facilitation, access to livelihood grants, education scholarship/subsidy, access to skills trainings, and reintegration to society.

As of this date, there are 742 TADs for the third batch undergoing the different interventions of the STAND program. They are expected to graduate by the end of April. (Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum)

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By: Vigilita L. Sandoval

POPCOM-10 and Deped-10 conducted Regional Festival of Talents (RFOT) on December 7, 2015 at the event center of Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City. The highlight of the activity was the Regional POPQUIZ in which, all POPQUIZ winners in the Division level came to Cagayan de Oro to compete in the Regional round. The RFOT had four (4) contests: essay writing, poster making, jingle writing and singing, and POPQUIZ. The general theme of this year’s RFOT is “Investing in Young People is key towards sustainable development”. The sub-theme for essay writing, jingle writing and singing, and poster making was “Shape and Honing One’s Future for Greater Opportunities”. The winners received plaques and cash prizes. The 1st placer of each contest will represent Region 10 for the National Festival of Talents in February 2016 in General Santos City. Below were the winners of the contests:

Poster Making Contest

1stOisha GaluaKalilangan NHSBukidnon
2ndEric Vincent DotaroyJasaan NHSMisamis Oriental
3rdFelver M. MonteverdeTabid NHSOzamiz City

Jingle Writing and Singing

1stOmiz Jan PocongKalilangan NHSBukidnon
2ndKrisly Vane LoboLDN NCHSLDN
3rdPeniel EragIligan City East NHSIligan City

Essay Writing Contest

1stNeil Orielle L. GaligioBukidnon NHSBukidnon
2ndEric Noel b. JabagatGusa Regional Science HSCagayan de Oro City
3rdGisella Maris Jurial Camiguin NHSCamiguin NHS


1stRauline Cristine M. MabilenGingoog NCHSGingoog City
2ndBelle TangcalaganMolugan NHSEl Salvador City
3rdDarwin P. MangubatValencia NHSValencia City

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