Celso urges stepped up advocacy against drugs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:47

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday said authorities are steadfast and committed in the fight against prohibited drugs but urged all sectors to unite in the campaign.

“Drug prevention is a two-pronged approach—law enforcement and education or advocacy”, Lobregat said in an interview with reporters after leading the culminating celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Month at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School gym Wednesday morning.

According to Lobregat, the culminating activity, organized by the City Government in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), was part of the advocacy campaign targeting the students, considered the vulnerable sector of the society.

“We have to intensify the campaign against drugs. The PDEA cannot do it alone, it has limited personnel nationwide, so it has to have the support and assistance of the police, local government, business sector, students, teachers and parents—everybody has to be united in the fight against drugs”, Lobregat, who heads the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council challenged.

The chief executive thanked the participants to the activities organized by the city and PDEA during the month especially during the culminating program.

The entire month of November was designated as National Drug Abuse Prevention and Control month with the theme “SALUD: El Salud es riqueza, droga ay evita”.
During the month, the city government and the PDEA undertook activities intended to drum up awareness on the ill effects of drug use.

Yesterday’s culminating program kicked off with a motorcade at 8am participated by different agencies from Pettit Barracks to Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial HS gym. 

Councilor Joanna Mas, president of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation during the program also stressed on the effects of prohibited drugs on users and pushers.

She lamented that the drug menace continues to hound not only the city but the entire country and that most of those affected are young people. This is the reason why, she said, that the SK should focus and engage on worthwhile activities in a bid to make the young generation truly the country’s future.

Darmalyn Jumlail, PDEA Chief of Preventive Education and Community Involvement Division cited the efforts of the agency in the fight against the drug menace in the city and the region.

She declared that the PDEA remains firm in its efforts despite the numerous challenges.

Roderico Jose Lucero, Assistant City Human Resource Management Officer, who took charge of the preparations and activities for the anti-drug abuse and prevention month celebration, likewise underscored the importance of knowing the advantages and disadvantages of drug abuse as well as its prevention.

Drug abuse would mean a bleak future for the user, he added.

Also present during the program was Dr. Ma. Pilar Grego, DPLMHS principal and several other representatives from other concerned agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias