Sueno urges support of LGUs for anti-illegal drugs drive

Secretary Ismael 'Mike' D. Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today called on the support of all local government units down to the barangay level for the government's campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

"Magkapit bisig tayong lahat na sugpuin ang ating mga problema sa droga, kriminalidad at korapsyon," said Sueno in his speech during the multi-stakeholder anti-drug summit in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

In his speech, the DILG Secretary said that while the anti-illegal campaign has made significant strides, all concerned sectors should work actively together in order to put an end to this pervasive societal menace.

"Marami na tayong nagawa pero marami pang dapat gawin. Kaya inaasahan ko ang inyong suporta at tulong para matuldukan na ang problema sa droga," he said.

Sueno also enumerated some of the anti-drug initiatives of the DILG and the Philippine National Police such as Oplan Tokhang, wherein a total of 242,943 houses have been visited as a result of the round-the-clock patrolling by the PNP.

He said that the Department has been relentlessly coordinating with other national agencies for the proper rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.

By next year, he said, there will be four additional rehab centers; two in Luzon, and one each in Visayas and Mindanao.

Sueno also mentioned the DILG's soon-to-be-launched program Mamamayan Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayan Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID), an initiative encouraging volunteerism in the community to help curb criminality, corruption and drugs.

During the event, several national government agencies and local government units made a pledge of commitment to consistently implement and enact laws in support of the government's fight against drugs and criminality in the country.

Some of the activities for this years' summit include lectures on the ill-effects of dangerous drugs, salient features of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Acts of 2002), as well as the standard operating procedures on barangay clearing operations and how to handle drug users who surrendered voluntarily.

The annual event gathered key stakeholders and various implementing bodies in the anti-drug efforts. They all shared their worthwhile experiences and updated their knowledge on the latest anti-illegal drugs campaign approaches.

Source: Philippine Information Agency