Provincial Government bullish on the fight against drugs

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presides over the first executive committee meeting of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on October 11.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presides over the first executive committee meeting of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on October 11.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Heeding the government’s call of putting an end to the alarming illicit drug problem that has been plaguing the country, the Provincial Government together with all stakeholders working together in the fight against illegal drugs have been strengthening the implementation of strategies which have made positive inroads towards this bold campaign.

During the first executive committee meeting of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on October 11, its members have presented the progress and accomplishments of their bullish crusade against illegal drugs.

Provincial Director of the Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) PSSUPT Harry Espela said that the police have been intensifying their operations through Project Double Barrel. He said that a total of 6,788 persons who are involved in drug use have already surrendered to the police.

From January to October of this year, Espela said, that the joint operatives of the police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine Army have conducted a total of 84 operations, of which 127 were arrested and 106 cases were filed. He bared that they have confiscated illegal drugs, consisting of marijuana and ‘shabu’, with a total value of P 3.9 million.

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Serious on its mandate to curb the illegal drug trade, the PDEA has reported that aside from anti-drug interventions such as buy-bust operations, the agency has also been intensifying awareness and information campaign through conducting series of lectures, seminars and symposiums such as enhancing effectiveness in law enforcers in investigation, prosecution of narcotics operation; trainers’ training anti-illegal drug advocacy campaign; drug awareness seminars; and support to law enforcement seminar. 

In cooperation with the Provincial Government, the PDEA has also conducted a random drug test on the employees of the Provincial Capitol, sending the clear message that the government pushes a clean institution that is worthy to be called a role-model in the society.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga emphasized to further push for the mobilization of all agencies in the fight against drugs, including the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPATs) to serve as force multipliers in the campaign.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang also stressed the need of strengthening the cooperation among all members of the PADAC in combatting the trade and trafficking of drugs. “It is very crucial that we give attention and provide solutions that will address this problem in order to secure the future of the next generation,” he said.

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While the number of drug users who surrendered to the authorities is quite staggering — which emphasizes the gravity of the problem that has already penetrated deep into the society, Governor Dayanghirang bared during the executive meeting that the plan about putting up a rehabilitation center here to cater the large number of drug users  is already making headway as the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce offered to shoulder the construction of the rehabilitation facility in a lot that will be provided by the Provincial Government.

Meanwhile, in terms of the rehabilitation process, the Provincial Health Office, has proposed a screening, assessment and rehabilitation tool for ‘drug reformists’ based on the Department of Health’s introduced management system. She said that they are rolling out trainings on the assessment of patients to the Municipal Health Workers and social workers, given that the initial assessment is primarily done at the barangay level.

Dr. Herminigilda B. Nartates who heads the Provincial Health Office, said that a drug user’s admission to a rehabilitation facility will depend on the severity of his condition. In some cases, patients may not be admitted but instead catered in an out-patient rehab facility.  

Furthermore, aiming at providing holistic recovery and support and guidance to prevent relapse into drug use, the Aftercare Program has also been developed. This program will provide services consisting of medical, psycho-social and economic programs to drug reformists. By PIO/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

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