CLOSAP organizes an anti-drug summit to stimulate the war against illegal drugs

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CLOSAP Executive Director Gary Lao delivers his message at the ongoing anti-drug summit on Panglao Island, Bohol.

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu city government, through its anti-drug office, has launched an anti-drug summit on Panglao Island, Bohol.

The activity, supervised by the Substance Abuse Prevention Office (CLOSAP) of Lapu-Lapu City, started on October 5 and will end on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Garry Lao, executive director of CLOSAP, said the activity will also be a place for the city and municipality of Panglao to share best practices in the fight against illegal drugs.

“Through this anti-drug summit, Lapu-Lapu City will be able to share our best practices with Panglao Municipality, Bohol. Especially in achieving drug-free and drug-free barangays given that we are close to Bohol, especially our islet barangays,” Lao said.

The Mayor of Panglao, Edgardo Arcay, also welcomed the delegates from the city of Lapu-Lapu during the event.

He said that the anti-drug summit only shows the seriousness of the city of Lapu-Lapu in its campaign against illicit drugs.

“Your presence here today is clear and visible proof of the determination to eradicate drugs from our society,” Arcay said.

The CLOSAP anti-drug summit also brought together barangay officials and representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

During the activity, the city also awarded seven barangays who achieved high passing scores of 91-96 points based on the DILG audit for the functionality and effectiveness of their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Among the awarded barangays are Sta. Rosa, Suba-Basbas, Bankal, Tingo, Basak, Sabang and Punta Engaño.

Additionally, all 30 barangays in Lapu-Lapu City have passed the BADAC audit; others received “moderate” scores ranging from 56 to 86 points.

The functionality and effectiveness of the barangay is assessed on 30 performance indicators in five key areas: organizational development, citizen participation and capacity development, referral system for rehabilitation and integration, education and advocacy, and program sustainability.

“We only have six drug-free barangays out of 30. Only 7 out of 30 BADACS are highly functional. We are happy with what we have achieved so far, but the numbers don’t look good,” Lao added.

“Now is our time. Now is the time to act fast. With our partners, the government can do it. We have to believe we can do it, otherwise we would have already lost the war in our minds. Our mindset and our attitude will be a big factor in our success or failure,” he said. /rcg

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