Davao Oriental joins national drug abuse prevention and control week

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – Encouraging public awareness on the ill effects of drugs, the Provincial Government has joined the national celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.

Bannered with the theme “Makining Muna – Ang Pakikinig sa mga Bata o Kabataan ay Daan Upang Tulungan Silang Lumaking Malusog at Ligtas”, the celebration highlights the importance of helping the youth lead a healthy and safe lives.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Office Team Leader Rey Pavillar said the theme reminds parents of the importance of listening to their children, to heed on their feelings and concerns and to have open communication with them, thus, will discourage them from making bad choices such as illegal drugs as coping mechanism.

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During the celebration’s kick-off ceremonies at the Provincial Capitol on November 14 Monday, various government agencies, provincial government offices, civic organizations, and students and teachers, and out-of-school youth have shown their support to the program which promotes a safe and healthy nation.

701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., signified his support to the anti-drug campaign.

701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., expresses his support to the anti-drug campaign.

701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., signified his support to the movement which helps not only in keeping the communities safe but also promotes the spirit of bayanihan as it embodies the essence of convergence and collaboration with all stakeholders. He said the program calls for the concerted efforts of all concerned agencies and organizations in the fight against illegal drugs.

Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, enjoins everyone to support the national government’s thrust, emphasizing that one government entity cannot do it alone as drug abuse is a national issue that involves everyone in the society.  

Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy

Enjoining everyone, all the way down to the grassroots level, to join the movement against illegal drugs, the Provincial Government has backed the national government’s MASA-MASID (Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga) program which is a community-based program for the prevention of corruption, illegal drugs and criminality in barangays which involves the participation of all sectors which include barangay-based institutions, faith-based organizations, non-government organizations, civil society, and volunteers. It will work hand-in-hand with the UBAS – a program composed of the religious sector that ensures strengthening of culture of transparency and good governance.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as well as the Philippine National Police are among the lead agencies in the implementation of the MASA-MASID Program.

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Meanwhile, to commemorate the event, a roster of activities has been slated for the week-long celebration. These include a motorcade, symposium and information drive on drugs, and painting and essay writing contest.

The celebration of the national drug abuse prevention and control week is celebrated by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 124. PIO

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