Anti-Drug Efforts in the Barangays Intensified

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Community Health Workers, including midwives and Barangay Health Workers in all towns here in the province are set to undergo a wide-ranging training for the proper care and management of drug reformists down in the communities.

Part of the Provincial Government’s intensified anti-drugs campaign in the barangays, the training for health workers will provide lectures on the proper assessment and screening of drug reformists, community-based treatment and aftercare, and motivational counseling, among others.

Synchronized in all towns and one city, the training will be held on Friday, June 9, to be facilitated by each Local Government Unit’s respective Municipal or City Health Officer.

PADAC Action Officer and Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong presides over the meeting with all Police Chiefs of the municipalites and one city of the province.

PADAC Action Officer Art Benjie Bulaong said the training is necessary to equip health workers with the necessary skills to properly supervise the drug reformists’ recovery process. He said the training is necessary as community-based treatments will not progress without the proper assessment and screening.

Bulaong added that the Provincial Government wants to fast-track the conduct of the barangay drug-clearing operations as it targets to have at least three of its barangays declared as drug-free by the end of the month.

During the PADAC meeting with the police chiefs of each municipality on June 6 at the Provincial Capitol, the body has agreed to make Banaybanay town as the pilot area for the drug clearing operation considering that majority of its barangays have already been cleared by the LGU. Banaybanay is now waiting for the validation from the PADAC and the Regional Oversight Committee before its barangays will be officially declared as drug-free.

Meanwhile, during the meeting, the PADAC introduced the proposed community-based treatment program dubbed as “Lihok NLD (Nagkakaisang Mamamayan Laban sa Droga) which will pool resources and services of different agencies to be delivered directly to the beneficiaries in a one-stop shop in the villages.

It also intends to harmonize the efforts of all law enforcement agencies and service providers such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and Department of Health, among others that can offer services to drug reformists such as livelihood assistance, educational and medical services, skills training, and psychological services, among many others.

Chief of Staff Ednar G. Dayanghirang, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, urged the participation of all concerned agencies and stakeholders in the anti-drug efforts.

Chief of Staff Ednar G. Dayanghirang, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, urged the participation of all concerned agencies and stakeholders in the anti-drug efforts. He conveyed the Governor’s plea to the municipal and barangay officials to do their part in the fight against drugs. “Drug issue is not just a police matter. There is also a civilian component of it,” he said, saying that everyone has a shared responsibility in all these efforts.

He further encouraged all stakeholders, including the law enforcement agencies and other agencies to synchronize all efforts to make all 183 barangays of the province drug-free.  By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

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