GUIMARAS, Aug. 13 -- The Province of Guimaras formulated the strategic direction to reduce the demand for dangerous drugs in the Province of Guimaras in the long run.
Members of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) were trained to come up with a strategic plan for the treatment and rehabilitation cluster of the administration’s agenda for illegal drugs as postulated in the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action (NADPA).
The said plan envisions Guimaras as a healthy and safe society that is resistant and free from dangerous drugs.
The PADAC aims to reduce the demand for dangerous drugs, their processes, essential chemicals by implementing policies and programs, preventive education, treatment and rehabilitation and research with the end goal of reduced demand of dangerous drugs by 2022.
The strategies set focus on preventive education, treatment and rehabilitation and civic awareness and response.
Said strategies were formulated based on the present internal strengths and weaknesses of the island province including all tiers of the implementing governing bodies e.g. provincial, municipal and barangay levels.
One of the strengths identified is the approved three-year Peace & Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan duly approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 6 that is integrated with the initial Anti-Illegal Drugs Action Plan set by the PADAC.
The establishment of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Office in Guimaras in likewise mulled as a strong point.
Moreover, the fund for the Substance Abuse-Community Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (SA-CBTRP) was already appropriated in the amount of 1.5M Php.
However, for the management area, absence of ordinance to support and institutionalize SA-CBTRP is yet to be created, and the lack of accredited drug testing center is considered a weakness as it is one of the barriers for drug dependents to access treatment and rehabilitation.
For preventive education strategy, stakeholders will be capacitated for appropriate activities, establish drug-free workplace at all levels, strengthen sectoral involvement and support training for the concept to be integrated in the primary health care program, and implement SA-CBTRP with the families of the surrenderers.
For treatment and rehabilitation, access to the program will be established and the program will be lobbied to be institutionalized.
For civic awareness, communication strategies will be enhanced, strengthen partnership with the private sector, expand the use of technology and establish alliances for knowledge management.
The Province of Guimaras through the Peace and Order Council (PPOC) was handed over the Internal Peace and Security Operations in 2014 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). (PIO GUIMARAS)