BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Health spearheaded a Drug Awareness Summit for Cordillera local chief executives (LCEs) and officials of provincial health offices at Venus Parkview Hotel here, in line with the Philippine Health Agenda 2016–2022 and the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
DOH–Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi said the summit was aimed to help LCEs and their local health partners to further improve their community–based rehabilitation and treatment programs and services through the sharing of best practices and interaction with the invited resource speakers.
Lilybeth Selda, Preventive Education Section head of Quezon City’s “Tahanan” talked about their LGU’s community–based treatment and care services while Loac, Pangasinan Municipal Health Officer Dr.Danilo Rebugio shared their community- based rehabilitation program. Dr. Jerome Paler of Gawad Kalinga Southern Leyte also shared their “Rehab Without Walls” program.
Highlighting the summit was the pledge of commitment of the participants to support the DOH’s campaign on dangerous drug prevention and treatment towards the overall goal of achieving drug–free barangays, municipalities and provinces for a better Cordillera and for a better Philippines.
On the government’s campaign against dangerous drugs, Legaspi disclosed that the health department continues to provide training to barangay and municipal anti-drug abuse councils given their important role in the provision of community–based dangerous drug prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment programs/services.
For center–based rehabilitation and treatment, DOH also gives trainings to doctors and health workers, especially on the mental health gaps.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency–Cordillera Public Information Officer Frederick Joseph Calulut, meanwhile, presented updates on the fight against dangerous drugs.
From the 01 July 2016 to 26 September 2017 nationwide #RealNumbers data, it shows that with 76,863 anti–drug operations were conducted by various government law enforcement agencies, from these, at least 113,932 drug personalities were arrested, and 593 minors rescued from the illegal drug menace.
He also stressed the important role of local partners down to the barangay level, both in dangerous drug prevention and rehabilitation and treatment.
"People on the ground will be the first to know what is going in their respective communities, thus we encourage you to report to proper authorities any illegal activities in your area," Calulut said. Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)