Barangay Functionaries Trained on Anti-Illegal Drug Drive

 

The participants of the symposium.

DAVAO ORIENTAL—Barangay functionaries, who are on the frontlines of the war on drugs, undergo symposium to effectively carry out the anti-illegal drugs campaign in their communities.

Held on October 31 at the Baywalk Hotel in the City of Mati, participants of the National Advocacy on Anti-Illegal Drug Component II are Punong Barangays who at the same time Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) Chairpersons, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairpersons, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the City of Mati and the Municipality of Lupon and Banaybanay.

Fiscal Oliver Saniel speaking on the law involving drugs.

The symposium, which was initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD) in partnership with the provincial government, acquainted participants on salient topics on anti-illegal drugs campaign. These included the law involving drugs with emphasis on the criminal cases to be filed once involved in drug cases and on the penalties and other repercussions of being in conflict with the law, role of the community in drug abuse prevention, ill effects of drugs on the user, family, and community, and treatment, management, and recovery of drug dependents.

Atty. Behn Joseph Tesiorna, Chairman of Regional ICAD Coordinating Group, said that the symposium hopes to raise awareness to BADACS and other concerned units as they are in the frontlines of the war on drugs being at the lowest level of the government structure.

RICG Chairman Atty. Behn Tesiorna

“The government’s law enforcing units cannot win the war on drugs without the cooperation of the smallest structure of the government which is the barangay. It’s because it is you in the barangay who are familiar with the residents. You know who are drug users and the pushers. So your role is information gathering and to implement government programs,” Tesiorna said.

Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Action Officer Art Benjie Bulaong said that the event is in line with the council’s effort to achieve a drug-free province as Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vowed full support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Currently, all ten municipalities here have been declared cleared from drugs except the City of Mati.

PADAC Action Officer Art Benjie Bulaong

“We are doubling our efforts here in the Province of Davao Oriental to get rid of illegal drugs. With only the City of Mati as the remaining area to be cleared from drugs, we are proud to say that we are the only province in the Davao Region with the most number of Municipalities declared cleared from drugs. So this symposium will be very helpful to our BADACs in ending drug menace, especially in transforming drug reformists back into normal life,” said Bulaong.

One Davao Region on the War on Drugs

Mike Aportadera, CADAC Chairman of the Davao City, recognized the unified efforts of the barangay and the province in eliminating drug trade in the communities. He said that “the cooperation of the communities is the key to end drug menace in our country. So just keep an open heart and an open mind to listen to the programs of the government”.

“Davao Region is one solid region and the secret of that is for us to help one another. We in Davao City, led by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, are more than willing to help you on this. Let us all give our commitment for the future of the next generation,” Aportadera said, emphasizing the contribution of the youth on the campaign.

RICG 11th Monthly Meeting at the Tourism Annex Building.

In the efforts to achieve a drug-free region, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs Coordinating Group (RICG XI) have met October 30 to give updates on the status of the drug clearing operations in each provinces. By Riza M. Golez  

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