On March 21, 2009, the Philippines was listed in Guinness World Records for having the largest march against illegal drugs, the participants came from public school students accompanied by their parents. They called it "Grand BIDA March", BIDA stands for "Batang Iwas Droga", a massive information campaign launched in 2003 by PAGCOR Chairman Efraim C. Genuino to educate children between 6 and 12 years old on the dangers of substance abuse.
Senator Tito Sotto, Chairman of Dangerous Drugs Board, speaks on the crowd in Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park their active stand in the war against illegal drugs. The activity was organized by the BIDA Foundation through the support of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) with assistance of Department of Education (DepEd), DDB-PDEA, (NGO's), several government agencies, and various local governement units led by Mayor Alfredo Lim.
Aerial view of the march of Grand Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA) at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
more than 300 thousands participants composed of students with their parents marched against illegal drugs in Manila, Philippines
Senator Tito Sotto made a speech in front of the crowd of Grand BIDA march