6th GAD Convention

In support to the campaign against illegal drugs, the Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) – Technical Working Group (TWG) on Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign prepared an Action Plan during its meeting on 15 September at the RDC Conference Room, Marcelita Building, Brgy. Real, Calamba City.

The Action Plan contains strategies to minimize drug-related influences in barangays; promote drug free work place in government offices, private establishments and education institutions; and restrict the movement of illegal drugs among the provinces and adjacent regions.

To minimize drug-related influences in barangays, the following activities will be undertaken: conduct regional, provincial, city and municipal anti-drug summits; activate, strengthen and monitor Barangay Anti-Drug Councils; establish a one-stop shop or helpdesk for drug surrenderees or referrals; and provide livelihood, training, counseling and incentives to drug surrenderees. The action plan also includes strategies to address health and security issues such as the establishment of community-based rehabilitation centers and enforcement of police management operations such as the Oplan Lambat-Sibat and Oplan Double Barrel.

In the said meeting, PDEA Region IV-A reported that as of August 2016, almost 75 percent or 3,011 out of 4,018 barangays in Calabarzon were affected by illegal drugs. The PDEA defined illegal drugs affected barangays as those barangays having recorded at least one incident of illegal drug related activity wherein a user, pusher or protector is present. PDEA emphasized the need for government and the private sector to have a collaborative effort to combat illegal drugs.

The TWG on Anti-Illegal Drug is composed of Calabarzon Regional Offices of PDEA, PNP, DILG, NICA, CSC, DOLE, NEDA, and Provincial Governments of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, and a private sector representative. The PDEA was elected as the Chairperson and DILG as Co-Chairperson of the TWG. The TWG also agreed to include DSWD, BJMP, TESDA and DOH as members.

The creation of the Calabarzon RDC-TWG on Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign was approved during the 3rd Quarter 2016 RDC Full Council Meeting held on 1 September 2016 at Tandang Sora Hall, TESDA Women’s Center, Taguig City.

Marlon T. Natividad, NEDA Region IV-A | Tuesday, September 20, 2016