Davao to eliminate drug problem – ADAC
By Rose Palacio
Davao City (29 November) -- The City Government, through Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte's sustained campaign against the use of prohibited drugs, is committed to eliminate (as much as possible) narcotic problems in Davao.
Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of the Office of the City Mayor, action officer Atty. Eliseo Braganza said the government and private sector must work together and treat narcotic drugs as an urgent problem that should be eliminated.
We should address the problem on prohibited drugs in a spirit of sincere and mutual cooperation with the entire community, he said over the week end's culmination of the Drug Prevention and Control celebration held at Rizal park, Davao City.
"Those who have vested interest should set aside personal agenda for the sake of our millions of people whose lives are threatened by drug trade," he said.
A report from the National Drug Enforcement and Prevention Coordinating Center showed that active drug users only numbered (four years ago) more than 10,000; now there are about 1.7 million and most of them are young adults. Majority of the drug users were within the 15-19 age bracket.
Meanwhile P/Supt Rolando Bade, Regional Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement and Drugs Administration (PDEA), in the same occasion, has enjoined all other private sector, including the academe and non-government organizations (NGOs) in soliciting the support of the community in the fight against illegal drugs.
"We should have a teamwork to make the city's and PDEA's national anti-drug program work successfully in unity and we need the involvement of all sectors, consolidate and orchestrate our actions," Director Bade said.
The anti-drug program of the city will be dependable vehicle in disseminating information and educating public in general on drug menace.
PDEA and the city government, in a bid to eradicate drug menace has been conducting drug information campaign to various schools and far-flung barangays. The campaign aims to create a sustained awareness on the dangers brought about by prohibited drugs.
"By bringing the proper information and education to the people, we hope to steer the public in supporting the drug campaign to prevent further damage that drugs may bring", Director Bade said.
The anti-drug mobile parade during its culmination was supported by P/SSupt. Jaime Morente, city director of the Davao City Police Office; P/SSupt. Binang Madjiril chief of staff PNP regional office; S/Supt. Noemi Austero of PNP crime laboratory; Cochang Suarez of PNP XI;Civic clubs like the Sta. Ana Lions Club through Gov. Amador de Castro, past president William Tan and President Johnson Tan.
Others who are also actively supporting the anti-drug campaign include Karancho; Moderate guardians – National founder Mario Austria, PGBI Engr. Eddie "Robocop" Fuentes; Pres. Joselito Briosos of ROADRUNNER Motorcycle Assoc.;RECON Phils., Inc. Region XI; JCIP Greater Davao Jaycess Pres. Benjamin Lim; Sis Jo Bacaltos of Womynet.
Those who participated in the event are offices such as CHO, PAO, CHR, DepEd, DILG, AFP, City Prosecutor Office, Local DILG City chief Merilio Limbaro; CSSDO; Holy Cross of Davao College; CADAC (City Anti-Drug Abuse Council) members; and BADAC ((Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council) members and their respective Barangay Captains. (PNP Cochang Suarez/PIA) [top]