Goverment offices, schools harnessed for drug war

November 19, 2018

PRESIDENT Duterte has ordered all government entities, including government corporations and state universities and colleges, to “take an active role” in the campaign against illegal drugs.

The President issued this directive through Memorandum Circular No. 53 on mobilizing government resources on drug prevention and control, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by authority of the President last November 12.

“The drug problem continues to degrade the moral fiber of society, undermining the rule of law and has evolved as a national security problem,” the circular read.

“It is hereby directed that all government offices, agencies and instrumentalities, including GOCCs (government owned and controlled corporations) and SUCs, to immediately mobilize their assets and take an active role in the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign in accordance with their respective mandates,” it added.

The  memorandum noted that the State has a policy to pursue an effective campaign against illegal drugs “through an integrated system of planning, implementation and enforcement of anti-illegal drug abuse policies, programs and projects.