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Capitol, RAFI: “Just say no to drugs”

| by: Hearty Marie Rizarri

The Cebu Provincial Government and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) inked a pact for the “Just Say No” program of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) in time for the Liga ng mga Barangay Annual General Assembly-Cebu Chapter at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel on July 18.

Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III, RAFI President Roberto E. Aboitiz and CPADAC Executive Director Alberto Hererra, Jr. signed the memorandum of agreement under Executive Order no. 19, enjoining all local government units in the Province of Cebu to support the implementation of the Just Say No program.

CPADAC Vice Chair Ivy Durano-Meca urged the barangay captains to help build safe and drug-free communities through the “Just Say No” campaign by empowering their constituents to be directly involved in solving their own community’s drug issues.

Just Say No program is a comprehensive approach formulated by CPADAC and RAFI that will bring together local government officials, law enforcement, parents, schools, youth, businesses and local media to reduce or eradicate drug abuse.

The program was launched and presented to barangay captains, local government officials and other government and non-government agencies.

RAFI’s will extend technical support in scoring each local government unit (LGU) as well as guidance in the monitoring, evaluation and sustainability of the program.

The program is patterned after the “Our Sustainable Cebu Program” through which the Cebu Provincial Government declared well-performing LGUs through assessment, moniring, rewards and incentives.

In the same way, the outstanding implementers from the towns, cities and barangays under the Just Say No program will be recognized and will receive cash and an award.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Meca, Police Regional Office 7 Director Police Chief Superintendent Prudencio Bañas, Cebu Provincial Police Officer Director Noel Gillamac, and Association of Barangay Captains President Celestini “Tining” Martinez III.