January 22, 2019 |
By Petronio M. Genebago
SADFREE Movement which stands for Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug - free movement, celebrated its 13th founding anniversary on August 4, 2017 in San Ildefonso, Bulacan.
Among those who graced the program and greeted the movement were Hon. Mayor Carla Gálvez-Tan of San Ildefonso, Hon. Congressman Lorna Silverio of the Third District of Bulacan, and Hon. Earl P. Saavedra of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB). In her speech, Mayor Gálvez-Tan congratulated and encouraged her constituents to embrace SADFREE Movement and to nurture it as it saves the youth of today who will later mold the future of San Ildefonso, Bulacan. She emphasized that whoever the seating mayor is, this program must go on for the sake of the youth. She also thanked the Adventist Community Services of the Seventh-day Adventist for helping the town to be SADFREE. The SADFREE Voice of Youth Team from the Adventist University of the Philippines conducted seminar/workshops in 10 private and public high schools in the town and in San Miguel, Bulacan before the anniversary.
“Let’s work together for a smoking, alcohol, and drug free society,” Congresswoman Lorna Silverio encouraged all. She added, “Aking hihikayatin ang aking mga nasasakupan na makipag-ugnayan sa ating mga pastor para isagawa ang SADFREE Movement sa Third District of Bulacan.” (“I will encourage the leadership in
my constituents to coordinate with the pastors to launch the SADFREE Movement in the Third District of Bulacan.”)
DDB Deputy Executive Director Saavedra sent his greetings to the movement as well as the greetings of DDB Chairman General Dionisio R. Santiago, who was not able to come due to the important meeting called by President Rodrigo Duterte. He challenged the movement to continue its advocacy and to level up to help also those who are already addicted to drugs. He also thanked the SADFREE Movement for being an active partner of DDB.
One of the highlights of the program was the performance of the Spyros who also represented the Philippines to Asia’s Got Talent. After their performance, both Mark and Marco encouraged the youth to be SADFREE. Mayor Gálvez-Tan officially sashed them as the SADFREE Ambassadors.
In his speech, Pastor Petronio Genebago, SADFREE Movement founding president, reminded all that the success of the Movement is not only because of the support of various organizations but because of the living God who loves the youth. He stated, “Let’s bring all the glory to God. We have come this far because of Him.” He also wished that SADFREE would not only reach its golden anniversary but its centennial as well.
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