PDEA personnel hold barangay immersion project
TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office 8 mobilized some of its personnel to do the barangay emersion project here in the city.
PDEA 8 information officer Liza Baoy, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, said that the barangay emersion project implemented by the PDEA regional office is one of the pet projects of regional director, lawyer Gil Pabilona.
“This program was established to assist all the 138 barangays in Tacloban City to emerge from behind the veil of fear and indifference to becoming vanguards against illegal drugs, capitalizing on the admin personnel and case monitors to complement the drug supply reduction efforts of operatives,” she said.
Baoy added that the ultimate objective of said program is to prime up the barangay level for drug clearing activity, wherein the barangay officials are encouraged to activate their barangay anti-drug abuse council (BADAC) for the control of drugs-related problem in their area..
According to her, PDEA-8 started the planning of this program implementation on the last week of March, 2013, when Pabilona introduced the idea of mobilizing selected administrative personnel and case monitors to do this project.
“This is to complement the supply reduction efforts being conducted by the office. The program started last April 3 in Barangay 50-A Youngfield, the place where RD Pabilona lives,” Baoy said.
“Barangay 50-A Youngfield was chosen as pilot area to also make sure that their neighbourhood barangay would also be drug-free. We are just following the principle that we first need to clean our own backyard first before cleaning the other,” she added.
Baoy revealed that right now, PDEA is the only office that is doing this campaign, being the lead agency, but eventually it would involve other government agencies like Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Baoy added that PDEA first piloted this project in few areas to test their hypothesis and apply interventions for eventual duplication to barangays of the city. “This is a continuing program until the time comes that all barangays activated already their BADAC.”
Director Pabilona already had a meeting with Tacloban’s Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Darwin Bibar prior to the start of this program and likewise informed Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
“Later, we expect to do the same thing in other cities and provinces. We are now on the process of communicating with other LGUs region wide. Of course we believe that home is where we should feel safest; hence we need to empower our own communities against dangerous drugs,” she added. (REY GERILLA GRADO)
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