Iligan City launches Dangerous Drugs Awareness Month
Cagayan de Oro City (7 November) -- Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz declared during flag-raising rites at the City Hall's Anahaw Amphitheatre that that the City's campaign against substance addiction is not only during the month of November, but also throughout the year.
Cruz, who heads the Iligan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC), said that efforts to curtail the local drug trade have been sustained and relentlessly rallied to every constituent of the city to protect the most vulnerable among the sect in the society -– the youth.
The active participation of the ICADAC members has contributed much to control or minimize drug abuse that has caused havoc among individuals, families and communities throughout our city and our country, added Cruz.
Meanwhile, Suzette P. Redondo, ICADAC Action Officer, has lined up activities for the celebration of Dangerous Drugs Awareness Month. These include a Symposium on Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation to the Out-of-School Youths and the Children in Conflict with the Law; advocacy on Dimensions of the Drugs Program, Law Enforcement and the Legal Aspects, Prevention and Cure aired through local radio stations with the ICADAC members as advocates in line with their area of concern.
Redondo added that a random and unannounced drug test shall be conducted to students at the secondary public schools in the city.
Highlighting the celebration will be the "Torch Rally Kontra Droga" on November 29 at the city's major main road, which will then converge at the public plaza with the burning of the confiscated drug paraphernalia. Expected to participate are all sectors in the community - city and barangay officials, youth, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, civic clubs, fraternal groups, and from the business community.
This year's celebration bears the theme, "Do Drugs Control YOUR LIFE? Your Life. Your community. No Place for Drugs."
ICADAC has been a national awardee, conforming with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum that mandates the creation and implementation of Anti-Drug Abuse Committees in Local Government Units (LGUs), Redondo disclosed. (PIA-Iligan City) [top]