PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael stressed this in her keynote message during the opening program of the OFW Advocacy and Reform Movement Inc. (OFWARMi)- led OFW Global Leaders Convention, here
PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael, in her keynote message at the OFW Global Leaders Conference at Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City, shares the real numbers on the government's accomplishments in the campaign against illegal drugs as she calls on OFWs to support the program and in sharing the good news and the right information about the campaign. (CCD/PIA CAR)
Rafael extended the President and the government’s recognition to the organizer for the event as it serves as a venue in pushing forward policies and programs that will benefit the country’s modern heroes, who are sacrificing the social cost of migration to give better life for their families and at the same time contributing in nation building.
As she assured the government’s support to uphold the rights and ensure the welfare of OFWs, Rafael also called on OFW leaders in enjoining overseas workers to support the good governance programs of the government, especially on the campaign against illegal drugs to ensure a better and peaceful country to live in.
‘The government recognizes you as valuable partners for bringing in positive change for the country, as partners for nation building and as an important ambassadors of good news to the country on your respective places of work’, she said.
“We know, with your voices (OFWs) you are a powerful voice to reckon with,” she added.
Rafael shared that recent public surveys show that more and more Filipinos attest for a better peace and order situation in the country given the relentless campaign of the government against illegal drugs.
For the real facts and numbers on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, she shared that since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took office in July 2016 and up to October 31 of this year, there were 161,584 people arrested (including 1,820 children – 18 years old and below) while 258 drug dens including 13 clandestine laboratories were dismantled.
The campaign also cracked down on government bureaucracy with 600 government workers that include employees, elected officials and uniformed personnel arrested, wherein 287 were already dismissed for drug use and 130 others for drug- related offenses, she added.
For drug rehabilitation program, Rafael also reported that 292,108 persons who surrendered for involvement in illegal drugs have already graduated from recovery and wellness program. She also dismissed the proliferating news that the campaign against illegal drugs is resulting to extra – judicial killings. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)