1,066 anti-drugs councils formed

The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) has strengthened the campaign against illegal drugs by reviving the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

CPADAO chairman Carmen Durano-Meca revealed that 1,066 BADAC were formed in different towns to determine their respective plans of action in solving the drug problem.

Meca said CPADAO also formed 1,052 BADAC auxiliary teams to assist the council in carrying out treatment program and education campaign in relation to the nationwide campaign pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meca, a former board member, said the Capitol strongly implemented the enhancement of the community-based treatment (CBT) program with the goal of reforming illegal substance abusers and addicts.

With support from the Department of Health, the said program has a total of 3,062 graduate reformers, based on data as of early December 2017.

Meca added that CPADAO continuously monitor 18 LGUs under the CBT program as it continuously raise awareness on the detrimental effects of illegal drugs such as shabu and marijuana.

Under the preventive education program, CPADAO distributed close to 400 manuals and booklets on “Truth About Drugs” to DepEd divisions in Cebu province. An additional 5,000 copies were distributed to LGUs, Philippine National Police and schools.

This year, more than 3,455 students and 251 officials of Supreme Student Governments from various schools participated in capacity-building trainings and drug prevention seminars.

Meca said this project will continue next year as they conduct further research on effective ways to battle the war against illegal drugs.

Meca added that CPADAO provided P3 million as incentive for the hard work of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and LGUs.

Under the Sugbo Kontra Droga (Sukod), the Cebu Provincial Government recognized the City of Naga and the Municipality of Liloan as the “Best Performing Anti-drug Abuse Councils”. The Bogo City Police Station and Consolacion Police Station were proclaimed as “Best Performing Police Stations” in the city and municipal levels.

The awarding ceremony was held last November.

Last July, the Capitol provided a total of P631,000 to 30 PNP employees who contributed in the move to curb illegal drug operations in the province.

In 2017, P500,000 was handed to the Limpyo Probinsya program to help police stations with their operational funds.

There are 301 PNP personnel in 24 precincts in Cebu Province who received cash incentives in 2017.

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