Issue of March 11, 2018
     
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Role models needed to combat youth’s addiction to vices
SHIAIANE TACIO–CABUTEN, Baguio City

A 2016 study by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey showed that smokers are getting younger with age ranging between 12 and 18.

To some, this is not surprising as smoking among high school students is becoming common. But this is alarming, especially to those who constantly find ways to improve the lives and future of their children. Despite their knowledge on the disadvantages of smoking and the endless advice of their parents and teachers, students continue to smoke. It would be good to reflect why they do so.

One of the factors could be us.

I remember my teacher telling us to “follow what he says, not what he does.” With our young minds though, we found it difficult to follow what he has said, as we looked at him as our role model. I can recall another high school teacher, who would lecture about the bad effects of cigarette smoking in his class, but students see him smoking in their quarters after classes. These circumstances are also seen in many homes. While one member of the family would advise his/her children not to smoke, another family member would smoke. In the neighborhood, adults are seen smoking and drinking alcohol. The contrasting positions that the children see in the adults confuse them.

Many grown-ups like to lecture on many things, but fail to become examples of practicing what we preach.

Children nowadays, with their access to the Internet and technology can know the facts about almost everything. At times, they would even outwit us. What they need, aside from our guidance, is an example, a role model for them to fully understand what we want them to do. They need to see us, to believe us.

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:: ‘Mishandling’ traditional activities of Panagbenga
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:: Present and former CPA officials are not terrorists
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance vehemently condemns the proscription petition filed by Department of Justice Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong on Feb. 21 at a regional court in Manila.
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:: Oleoresin tapping can prevent logging
Poverty and lack of employment opportunities are recognized as the problems of about 18 million of the country’s population who are dependent on forestry for their livelihood.
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:: Suggestions in improving Panagbenga
Here are some of the issues the city government of Baguio has to address regarding the annual celebration of the Panagbenga.
 

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