Anti-drug coalition formed in Calamba
A new multi-sectoral anti-drug coalition has been created in Calamba City, Laguna to proote a drug-free community.
Fifteen leaders of various civil society organizations, barangay officials, religious groups, health care providers and officials, and local government staff combined forces to form the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Calamba City (CADCC).
According to Millet Revano, head of the city’s Sectoral Affairs Division and one of the core working group members, the coalition will lead and move communities in planning, building and implementing efficient and effective strategies leading to a healthy, safe, peaceful and a drug-free city.
“Based on the reports of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of the city as of June 20, 2017, only Barangay Puting Lupa has been declared as drug-free barangay of the total 54 barangays comprising the city,” Revano said.
“Densely populated barangays such as Parian, Dos and Lingga were reported to have high records of drug related cases primarily ‘shabu’ (methamphetamine hydrochloride),” she said.
She added that the CADCC works primarily on prevention, education and rehabilitation utilizing a public health approach to prevention.
Revano explained that the prevention strategy involved a triangular approach of stopping the agents (supplier of drugs or pushers) to reach the host (drug users) and defy the environment the opportunity for the pushers and users to meet such as drug dens and places for pot sessions.
The coalition is also expected to conduct mapping and assessment of communities on the presence of agents and hosts or exclusively manage a tell-all-box (TAB) as one of the best practices employed by the coalition of Tanay, Rizal responsible for the declaration of the town as a drug-free municipality in Rizal province.
The coalition is scheduled to meet on September 4 this year for the formulation of plans and program until December 2017 to be presented to Mayor Justin Chipeco and to Vice Mayor Roseller Rizal for the city council. (Philippine News Agency)
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