KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Apr. 12 (PIA)--- The Provincial Anti- Drug Abuse Council here is intensifying efforts in the implementation of programs and approaches against drug abuse.
Third District board member Jonathan Tabara, on behalf of Governor Emmylou Mendoza who is the chairperson of the council, noted that the PADAC is supportive to the implementation of government programs which include the Barkada Kontra Droga (BAKADA) under the National Drug Education Program (NDEP).
Also, the council is in full support to the After Care Program and in adherence to the Department of Health’s guidelines on the treatment of drug offenders.
Further, Tabara emphasized that the PADAC is now focusing on the proposed membership expansion to Civil Society Organizationsand to the reactivation of all Municipal Anti- Drug Abuse Councils in the province to make the campaign against drug abuse stronger.
“Each one of us must take an active role in the government’s war on drugs to ensure that these programs and strategies would turn-out well and help many drug dependents to have a new life,” Tabara said.
Meanwhile, representatives from concerned offices of the Provincial Capitol and National Line Agencies gave updates and latest development regarding their programs on illegal drugs.
Dr. Eva Rabaya, Integrated Provincial Health Office head assured that the IPHO is ready to accept surrendering drug users and provide them necessary treatment and management.
On the other hand, Vergelita Guillaran, Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer noted that the After Care Program is important in helping drug dependents to reconnect with their families and rebuild their self-esteem. Like the IPHO, she said that the PWSDO is more than willing to cater to individuals who have successfully undergone drug treatment. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ JSta.Cruz- NorthCot Media Center)