‘LGUS PLAY BIG ROLE IN WAR VS. DRUGS’

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PDEA 7 hopes LGUs con­tinue vil­lage-based drug re­hab pro­grams

The re­gional di­rec­tor of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) yes­ter­day said the war against il­le­gal drugs will con­tinue with the as­sis­tance of Cebu Gov. Hi­lario Davide III.

PDEA 7 Di­rec­tor Emer­son Mar­gate vis­ited Davide yes­ter­day morning to dis­cuss how to im­prove anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing those in the Cebu Pro­vin­cial De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter (CPDRC).

“I hope that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) will con­tinue the com­mu­nity-based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram and barangay drug clear­ing pro­gram,” Mar­gate said.

Al­though the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) has been taken out of the war against il­le­gal drugs, Mar­gate told Davide to en­cour­age LGUs and the PNP to con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing against users, push­ers and drug lords.

Mar­gate con­firmed that the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) and the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) are part of the anti-il­le­gal drug cam- paign under Repub­lic Act 9165.

The DOH is man­dated to pro­vide the drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, while DepEd is task with drug aware­ness.

Ear­lier, Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO) 7 told the Ro­tary Club of Cebu South that there are about 134,000 il­le­gal drug sur­ren­der­ers in Re­gion 7 who need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Mar­gate said that the DOH is con­duct­ing mas­sive train­ing for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion up to the mu­nic­i­pal level. There is a core level who will iden­tify the sur­ren­der­ers whether se­vere, moder­ate, or mild. /

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