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Strong anti-drug enforcement even w/o PNP-NBI operation

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Gov. Edgar Chatto is ensuring that the law enforcers tightly coordinate despite the suspension of the anti-drug operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Operational mechanism is clarified so that all other law enforcement agencies effectively support the mandate of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which now leads the drug fight.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Bohol has been actively engaged in the peace and development initiatives that include the purok campaign for the reform of drug victims.

This has even been before Malacañang’s order suspending the anti-drug operation of the PNP and cleansing it of scalawags while having the soldiers assisting the PDEA.

Bohol fully supports the internal cleansing of the police in the country which process can be done at the provincial or regional levels, Chatto said.

There was not one from Bohol among the cops who were called and got tongue-lashing from Pres. Rodrigo Duterte last week, according to Camp Dagohoy.

The governor said the prevalence of really bad eggs in certain command areas may not necessarily be true to others, and the problem can be contained where it exists without affecting the areas not similarly situated.

“However, we fully respect the president’s judgment because he has all the intelligence information available in his hands which we may not know,” he said.

The law enforcement agencies will regularly meet for strong coordination and support but still respect the chain of command’s order.

The coordination further involves sharing of intelligence information, investigation, documentation of cases, and making sure of law and order at all times, especially in operations conducted by the PDEA.

“Yes, we can,” Chatto replied to a media question if Bohol can still win the war on drug without direct police operation, adding that “we do continue our campaign to free Bohol from illegal drugs.”

Immediately after the president halted the PNP anti-drug operation nationwide, the governor convened the Provincial Peace and Order Council Special Action Committee (PPOC-SAC).

The operational coordination conference was attended by the top PDEA, PNP, NBI, AFP and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials in Bohol.

VIGOROUS PURSUIT OF NO-WALL REHAB

Also, the governor would “pursue with more vigor” the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Without Walls (CBDRWOW) program as a big component of the drug clearing process in the barangays.

Chatto again thanked Tagbilaran Bishop Alberto Uy and Bishop Patrick Daniel parcon as well as the other faith-based groups for engaging with the government in the crafting of the CBDRWOW.

Using varied practices, experiences which were integrated into a comprehensive modified innovation, the program is a community-based, family-based and value based treatment of substance abuse victims.

“We are certain of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to institutionalize the initiative through a provincial ordinance,’ the governor said.

Chatto believed an empowered, vigilant community working closely with the law enforcers and committed men and women in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government will make Bohol drug-free.

“This campaign is not about religion or politics. This is about our love for Bohol, the present and future of its generation” he said.

BOTOM-TOP CLEARING

A house-to-house-level assessment will lead to purok and barangay drug clearing first.

The substance abuse disorder victims—whether low-risk, moderately- or severely-affected—undergo different treatment protocols before the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) can affirm that a home is drug-free.

By universal tag, drug addicts or users are among the so-called persons with substance abuse disorders (PSODs), according to Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez who handles the province’s Center for Education and Counseling (CEDEC).

A drug-free home is easily recognized through a “Seal of Good Housekeeping” in a form of sticker.

When all barangay households are cleared, then the BADAC and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) are ready to certify that the barangay is drug-free until the whole town is certified to be the same.

There is a process that takes three-five months from the voluntary submission of the drug victim for treatment until he/she can be evaluated and considered fully rehabilitated.

The CBDRWOW is consistent with the prescribed guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and Dangerours Drugs Board (DDB).

The governor on Wednesday attended on invitation the DOH Summit on Drug Abuse Prevention in Clark, Pampanga where Bohol was made to share its initiatives and practices.

At the barangay captains’ provincial assembly here the other week, DILG Sec. Ismael Sueno cited for nationwide replication Bohol’s “purok power,” a grassroot development initiative that tucks in anti-drug tools.

Sueno was tempted to match the purok power movement with his own department’s national program dubbed the ALSA MASID or Alyansa sa Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga.

Chatto said drug clearing is a tough job but doable as the state, church, all other sectors, entire well-meaning citizenry and, most of all, the responsible parents who shepherd the basic social unit, the family, are one in the crusade, Chatto said. (Ven rebo Arigo)

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