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PDEA CAR scores in fight vs dangerous drugs

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (20 November) -- Cordillera has been greatly progressing in the fight against dangerous drugs, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera (PDEA-CAR) Information Officer Emely Fama.

For 2010 alone, Fama reported that from January to October, PDEA-CAR in coordination with the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies have conducted around 100 anti-drug operations region wide which resulted to the arrest of 98 drug personalities, 10 of them included in the watch list and six on the target list. 95 drug related cases were also filed.

PDEA-CAR total confiscation of dangerous drugs from January to October, has a total Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P1.517 billion, Fama said.

Fama affirmed that there are still 81 drug-affected barangays in the region with Baguio City having the highest number with 27, followed by Abra 13, Kalinga with 12, Benguet 11, Ifugao 11, Mountain Province six and Apayao one. Of the 81 drug affected barangays, 68 were moderately affected and 13 were seriously affected.

Fama explained that though Baguio remains to be the most affected, the situation has improved a lot compared to the previous years. She said the City Anti Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) through its action officer Vice Mayor Daniel Fariņas has been active in the campaign against illegal drugs.

She also acknowledged the strong participation of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) through the leadership of ABC President Joel Alangsab. She informed that with the recent barangay elections, PDEA is set to re-visit all the city barangays to help them re-organize their BADAC and to assist them formulate their anti-illegal drug campaign plans.

PDEA-CAR also has been continuously coordinating with the different schools and universities in the city for a continuous partnership in the advocacy against illegal/dangerous drugs.

Last September, PDEA in partnership with Baguio CADAC and the Baguio City National High School under Principal Elma Donaal, organized a teenage drug buster training to students from the different BCNHS annexes and main campus.

'With a strong participation from the private sector and the public, particularly the parents with high school and teenage children, hopefully mararating natin ang ating layunin na magkaroon ng isang drug-free city o even a drug-free country,' Fama said.

Meanwhile, November 15 to 19 is being observed as Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week with the theme,'Think Health Not Drugs."

For the observance, Fama said lined up activities include Anti drug abuse seminars in different parts of the region, photo exhibition, film showing, battle of the bands. The observance will have a culminating program and parade on November 26. (PIA) [top]

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