Gov. Bong Lacson signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) represented by Assistant Regional Director Marjorie Ballesteros on the sustainable implementation of DDB Regulation No.4 Series of 2021, together with the launching of the ALAB Program or the Adbokasiya Laban sa Iligal nga Droga Campaign held during the Training of Trainers at Mambukal Convention Hall, Municipality of Murcia, today.
The MOA aims to intensify the campaign and reduce drug affectation in the country through a culture of cooperation, respect for human dignity, holistic strategies, and a whole-of-nation approach to addressing the drug problem in the communities.
It also states that the province, through its Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council shall conduct the Training of Trainers (TOT) by providing logistical and financial support for the implementation of the said program.
Meanwhile, PDEA shall take the lead in the conduct of the TOT by providing the resource persons and materials for training.
The three-day training aims to equip and educate the members of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), PNP, DILG, City and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council focal persons, health and information officers on the Barangay Drug Clearing Program, Advocacy Campaign, and Drug-Free Workplace Program of PDEA.
Present during the MOA signing are Don Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlene Dela Cruz, DILG Provincial Director Theodora Sumagaysay, PDEA Asst. Provincial Officer Jeanette Reyes, NOCPPO PCADU Unit Chief Col Norberto Barniso, NOPPCEN Chairperson Nilda Diwatin, and Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz.
In his message, the governor urges the LGUs and the members to take a stand against illegal drug use and promote healthy living. He also stressed the importance of education and activities like this as key components to drug prevention campaign.
“By working together to address the root causes of illegal drug use, we can mitigate the harm associated with this serious problem and save more lives”, he added.#AbanseNegrense