Tokhang teams un­dergo ori­en­ta­tion

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BONTOC, Moun­tain Prov­ince- The Anti-Drug Abuse Coun­cils (ADACs), Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and Tokhang teams brace them­selves with the chal­lenges in the main­te­nance of the prov­ince drug-free.

Com­ing to­gether for an ori­en­ta­tion on March 8 at the Multi-Pur­pose Hall, they were equipped on their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to in­ten­sify the drug pre­ven­tion cam­paign in the lo­cal­ity.

“To main­tain the sta­tus of the prov­ince as drugfree is a dif­fi­cult task,” re­marked Atty. Joseph Fred­er­ick Calu­lut of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) and un­der­scored there is a need to ac­ti­vate the func­tions of the barangay, mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial ADACs, PNP and tokhang teams to work in uni­son.

Calu­lut em­pha­sized the essence of a syn­chro­nized work­ing re­la­tion­ship to which he pointed out is es­sen­tial in se­cur­ing the com­mu­ni­ties away from il­le­gal drugs. This is in ac­cor­dance with the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board (DBB) Reg­u­la­tion No.2, se­ries of 2007 that de­fines the spe­cific roles of con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­clud­ing the strength­en­ing

of the barangay drug­clear­ing pro­gram.

The PDEA of­fi­cial high­lighted the role of the barangay as the front­line de­fense in the drug pre­ven­tion cam­paigns. With this, he shared that the op­er­a­tions in the drug-clear­ing needs proper ap­pli­ca­tion through the trained BADACs and their aux­il­iary teams to watch their com­mu­ni­ties.

Mean­while Su­per­in­ten­dent Lauro Es­co­bar of the Moun­tain Prov­ince Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice said there is a need to re­fine their cam­paign on il­le­gal drugs.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, par­tic­i­pants were en­cour­aged to host ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­hance­ment of the cam­paign in their own places aside from the said pro­gram. Yet, with the prob­lems that may hin­der the mo­bil­ity of the ADACs, Es­co­bar men­tioned the essence of part­ner­ship to con­cerned en­ti­ties for sup­port. “This is pri­mar­ily meant for the barangays that usu­ally do not have suf­fi­cient bud­get and man­power to host drug pre­ven­tion cam­paigns on their own,” he cited.

Es­co­bar added law en­forcers and the cit­i­zenry have to work har­mo­niously. “Be­cause if not, it is pos­si­ble that our prov­ince could go back to be­ing a drug-af­fected prov­ince,” he cau­tioned.

“We have 518 sur­ren­der­ers in the prov­ince yet, we stopped from there. Di natin masyadong na­tinit­ig­nan kung paano sila ir­ere­hab,” Es­co­bar stated, em­pha­siz­ing that treat­ment seemed dis­re­garded.

He stressed drug vic­tims must also help them­selves re­cover through en­rolling to ac­ces­si­ble re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams. Rose Dagu­pen

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