‘Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency comics’ aim to raise drug awareness

February 02, 2019

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is turning to  comics, the once very popular Filipino pasttime, to further raise drug awareness.

PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said through the “PDEA Comics,”they are bringing to life stories on how people got hooked on drugs and how they manged to overcome their addiction.

“Through ‘PDEA Comics’ which is the agency’s first ever Drug Abuse Prevention and Education (DAPE) comics, we are raising the public’s awareness on the harmful effects of illegal drugs and how to prevent their abuse through images combined with texts,” Aquino said.

He explained that the ‘PDEA Comics’which will have both English and Filipino editions contain stories of persons who got hooked on drugs, the challenges they face amd their struggles  to overcome their addiction.    

The ‘PDEA Comics’ will be part of PDEA’s drug prevention advocacy, particularly the production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials designed to promote and enhance sharing of knowledge to target audiences.

The seven storylines of “PDEA Comics” for future release that illustrate real life drug abuse stories are: 1) “Takbo Totoy!” (Run, Totoy, Run) -- a story about drug peddling activities perpetrated by drug syndicates in many forms, including the use of minors as runners and couriers in the illegal drug trade; 2)  “Tama na, Pare” (That’s enough, Brother) -- tells about the vulnerability of teenagers and adolescents being hooked in illegal drugs. Peer pressure usually leads to the initiation of drug abuse; 3) “Ang Jeepney Driver” (The Jeepney Driver) -- is about the story of a jeepney driver who wanted to have the best for his family until financial problems affectthem, leading him to drug use as a way to cope; 4) “Isang Pangyayari sa Buhay ng Isang OFW” (An OFW’s Struggle) -- a story of an overseas Filipino worker father who decided to work abroad to provide well for the family. While he was away, his son was arrested after pushing ecstacy, a party drug; 5) “Ang Nawalang Pag-asa” (A Lost Hope) -- a story of a person who unknowingly became a drug courier while her husband started to sell drugs and her son became a drug addict; 6) “Pintuan ng Pagbabago” (Doors of Change) -- tells the story of a newly-hired engineer and a young executive who faces various challenges, struggles and triumph in a construction firm. Dealing with their individual characteristic resulted to filial upbringing, peer influence, community and environment growing up emphasizing the need for a Drug Free Workplace policy; and 7)“Phed and Eyah to the Rescue,” a story about Agent Phed and Agent Eyah portrayed as superheroes who save the lives of people hooked into drugs.