Malabon poses problem for illegal drugs trade

January 22, 2019

MALABON just turned out to be the latest problem for the illegal drugs trade. Recent developments show that drug lords will find it difficult to sell their products in the city.

The City of Malabon Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CMADAC) headed by Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III was tagged 2nd in the Functionality Audit conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government -- National Capital Region (DILG-NCR).

DILG cited Malabon during the 12th Regional Peace and Order Council gathering recently  for scoring high on (1) Well organizing its Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC), (2) Regular conduct of meetings, (3) Funding for implementation of Anti-Drug Abuse Activities and Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan and (4) Innovation.

In his remark, DILG Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año said “We need a collective action (against illegal drugs) with the ADACs to eliminate the problem,” thus the performance audit team is organized and chaired by the DILG with representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the regional, provincial and national offices ensuring the integrity of the process and results of the audit.

The process is believed to further motivate due cooperation and full implementation of anti-illegal drugs campaigns and programs.

For his part, Mayor Oreta stressed that Malabon will continue to level-up its local anti-drug fight with CMADAC carrying out regular drug-use verifications, counseling and home-visitations on communities and homes of drug surrenderees while conducting Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) tied-up with the PNP to prevent drug proliferation.

To date, 146 of more than 600 self-confessed drug users in the city were pronounced fully rehabilitated from use of methamphetamine-hydrochloride/shabu, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)/marijuana and other illegal substance, for completing first of the 6-month Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) dubbed ‘Panunum balik Naten’ program.

Also just recently, PDEA acknowledged Malabon for having the most number of anti-drug prevention activities and programs in the region in 2018.

Attesting the success of Malabon’s anti-drug drive, the city mayor commended Barangay Chairmen Michael R. Santiago of Bgy. Concepcion, Ejercito B. Aquino of Bgy. Flores and Ian Emmanuel E. Borja of Bgy. Panghulo.

The said barangays were only the first of the 21 barangays proclaimed as Drug-Cleared Work Places in the city according to the standards set by the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD) chaired by PDEA.

With full support and recognition by noted national bodies, Oreta said he’s more inspired to further level-up the anti-illegal drug program in Malabon towards its full resolution.

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