The Baguio City Police Office recognized the schools that participated in the short film festival, an initiative that aimed to enlist the help of the youth in the campaign against drugs through the production of short movies that depict the negative effects of illegal drugs.
Police Community Relations Unit Chief Vic Orcino said the BCPO came up with the competition to showcase the creativity of high school students in coming up with short movies that focus on the adverse effects of illegal drug use.
Bakakeng National High School won first place with its film entitled “Change.” Baguio City High School-Main placed second with its film “Sa Dulo ng Pag-asa” and Guisad Valley NHS placed third with its film “Tulak ng Kanser.” The winners were awarded last March 8.
The other schools that participated were Pinsao NHS, BCHS-Fort del Pilar annex, and Irisan NHS.
Orcino said they targeted high school students as the participants because their point of view on drugs is different from that of the law enforcers.
The board of judges was composed of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Director Edgar Apalla, Department of Education-Baguio OIC Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Augustin Laban III, Soledad Benwaren of National Police Commission-Cordillera, Rueben Aslor of Baguio English School Association, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan.
Police Regional Office-Cordillera Deputy Regional Director for Operations Angelito Casimiro said the war on drugs helps ensure a better future for the youth.