Taguig reconstitutes anti-drug council
Manila (10 November) -- Resolute, decisive and active.
This was how Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano described the role to be assumed by the newly reconstituted Taguig Anti-Drug Abuse Council (TADAC) as she and other newly-inducted officers of the council affirmed their commitment to eradicate drug problems in the city.
"The reorganization of TADAC signaled the start of my lasting advocacy in eradicating illegal drugs which is one of the root causes of criminalities in Taguig," said Cayetano.
Based on Executive Order 2010 -09, the chief executive will sit as Chairperson of TADAC Executive Committee (Execom).
No less than General Dionisio Santiago, Executive Director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), inducted the new TADAC officers and members.
"This is a testament that the City of Taguig under the leadership of Mayor Lani Cayetano is very serious in combating illegal drug problems. I'm certain that the new leadership of Taguig will prevail because the new mayor has proven to be a staunch supporter of PDEA even before she became the mayor," said Santiago.
Incoming Taguig police chief, Senior Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario, serves as the vice-chairperson with eighteen representatives from several City Hall departments such as the City Health Office, Barangay Affairs Office, Social Welfare and Development Office, Public Information Office as well as the police's Drug Enforcement Unit made the rest of TADAC's Executive Committee.
Aside from the induction, the TADAC invited students from twelve different high schools in Taguig City for a three-day Student Anti-Drug Abuse Council (SADAC)/ National Drug Education Program (NDEP) Drugs and Substance Abuse Seminar.
Ninety-one student-leaders from Signal Village National High School (SVNHS), Pres. Diosdado Macapagal High School (PDMHS), Taguig Science High School (TSHS), Upper Bicutan National High School (UBNHS), R. Papa Memorial High School Main and Ususan Annex (RPMHS), Bagumbayan National High school (BNHS), Ma. Asuncion R. Tinga High School (MATHS), Tipas National High School (TNHS), Taguig National High School, and Sen. Renato'Companero' Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCCMHTHS) participated in the seminar together with their respective NDEP teacher-coordinators.
"It is my main thrust in my administration to implement programs that will ensure a drug-free city. With this, I ask each one of you when you come home after this seminar, that you will impart all your learning to your family members, friends, and the community," said Cayetano.
"This seminar is an eye-opener for me. It made me realized that drugs can ruin young lives. Illegal use of these drugs is an international issue that until now is not yet solved. So we must work hand-in-hand and support the programs of our Mayor," quipped Cyril Everett B. dela Cruz, a 4th year student WBNHS.
"Ang dami kong natutunang impormasyon ukol sa droga at ang hindi magandang epekto nito sa ating kalusugan. Dahil dito, ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat kay Mayor Lani at sa mga tagapagsalita na nagbahagi sa amin ng kaalaman. Sisikapin kong maging mabuting ehemplo sa mga kabataang tulad ko," said Joy C. Toledo, 4th year student of BNHS.
The three-day seminar ended with the presentation of the planning outputs made by the student-participants.
Atty. Jorge Gonzales, chairperson of the Law Enforcement Committee and legal officer of TADAC accepted the outputs and awarded the certificates of completion to each participant and their teacher. (PIA-MMIO) [top]