Davao Oriental Wins Gold Again for Efforts Against Illegal Drugs

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GOLDEN EFFORTS. Davao Oriental Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council Action Officer Ronald Vidoy (2nd from left) receives the province’s Gold Award during the Davao Region Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Awards in the Acacia Hotel in Davao City on March 15, 2022. Seven local government units in the Davao area were also recognized for their exemplary efforts in the fight against illicit drugs and the reform of former users and dealers. (Photo courtesy of Davao Oriental Provincial Government Facebook)

DAVAO ORIENTAL – With its relentless and exemplary fight against the illegal drug trade and to be one of the best in the country to complement the national government’s intensified anti-drug campaign, the provincial government here has again been awarded “Gold” at the National Anti-Drug Abuse Council 2020-2021 Davao Region Anti-Drug Council Performance Award.

Provincial Drug Abuse Control Council (PADAC) Action Officer Ronald Vidoy representing Governor Nelson Dayanghirang received the recognition plaque from the Deputy Regional Director of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (DILG) XI, Abdullah Matalam, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI Regional Director, Aileen Lovitos, at the Acacia Hotel in Davao City on March 15.

Mati City and six other local government units were also gold winners in the Davao region.

“We will stand firm in our resolute goal of eradicating the immediate threats to the safety of our communities posed by the evils of the illegal drug trade which are destroying our future and the peace in our communities, threatening the safety of our families, especially young people,” Dayanghirang said in a statement read by Vidoy.

In the ADAC 2019 performance audit, Davao Oriental achieved a score of 100 functionality points with a corresponding adjectival functional score of (Ideal) High Functionality.

Among the functionality score indicators are the creation and reorganization of the Drug Abuse Council, the allocation of funds, the implementation of plans and programs, and the conduct of meetings and innovations .

Davao Oriental has been a regular Gold award recipient among the provinces since 2017 due to its successful implementation and prioritization of programs to combat illegal drugs.

One of Davao Oriental’s drug addiction programs is the Lihok Nagkahiusang Lumulupyo Kontra Drogathat mobilizes communities and partners to fight drugs until barangay level (villager).

Currently, 154 villages in the province have already been declared “drug-free” and another five villages are “drug-free”.

Another 24 villages are expected to be cleared by the second quarter of this year.

Dayanghirang also established the Balay Silangan: Bagong Bahay Para sa Bagong Buhay, which is the first provincial drug abuse reform center run by the provincial government of Davao region.

Balay Silangan has already served 149 outpatient program clients and 13 inpatient program clients since operations began in 2019.

In addition to helping former drug addicts, those who were previously involved in the illegal drug trade also receive help to start their new lives again through the project. Tulay (Bridge).

On the road to a drug-free province, Davao Oriental has already produced 5,521 graduates out of 8,341 people who use drugs (66%) in the community-based rehabilitation program since 2016.

The youth sector is also involved through organizations that advocate against illegal drugs.

DILG Deputy Secretary for Peace and Order Manuel Felix and PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva expressed their virtual congratulatory messages to LGUs’ continued efforts to end the ravages of illegal drugs, while DILG Provincial Director, Orle Cabaobao, received a Certificate of Appreciation for his significant contribution to counter-illegal drug activities and advocacy. (RP)

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