A Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Summit was held at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City last Friday, January 22, 2021. The event was participated in by mayors, police officers and other representatives from the different towns and cities of the province and other stakeholders.
The activity was jointly spearheaded by the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Dept. of Health (DOH), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB), and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
“Let us start this summit with the same purpose and determination, that for the sake of our people and our children, we are going to make good of this avenue, to fully explore and discuss all possibilities, and the most effective strategies, to eradicate the use and trade of illegal drugs in the province,” said Gov. Lacson.
The governor also said that he hopes the outcome and resolutions of the summit will bring about the prospect of a drug-free Negros Occidental, made possible by the collective knowledge, expertise, dedication, commitment and firm resolve of the people present.
Gov. Lacson also recognized and lauded the progress of PDEA – NOCPPO, as their report shows that 36.94 percent of Negros Occidental barangays have already been cleared of illegal drugs.Meanwhile, DILG Region VI Assistant Regional Director, Maria Calpiza Sardua, lauded the province for holding the very first provincial summit in Western Visayas for this year.DILG Undersecretary for Anti-illegal drugs; External and Legislative Affairs Ricojudge Janvier Echeverri, also gave his keynote speech through a recorded video message, during the program.
Also present in the activity were Assistant Regional Director of PDEA – Region VI, Donelyn Hemedez; DILG Negros Occidental OIC Provincial Director, Roselyn Quintana; Liga ng mga Barangay president and Negros Occ. Board Member Juvy Pepello; Police Colonel Romy Palgue, Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office (NOCCPO) Director; Police Colonel Manuel Placido, Bacolod City Police Office Director, among others.
The activity is themed, “Mag-ugyon, Makigbahin, Papason ang Droga”.