The new regional chief of the agency tasked by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to lead the war on drug has acknowledged Bohol’s anti-drug campaign to be probably the most comprehensive in the Visayas.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Reg’l. Dir. Wardley Getalla said Bohol has implemented a very comprehensive anti-drug abuse program, which he believes tops in Central Visayas.
Other provinces in the Visayas have not implemented such a comprehensive structure of campaign against illegal drug, according to the PDEA-7 head whose past assignment was Western Visayas.
Getalla wished Gov. Edgar Chatto more achievements during his courtesy call on the Bohol chief executive at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday.
Escorted by PDEA-Bohol Officer Jose Ramir Batuigas, Getalla shared crucial pointers before another validation process for additional Bohol barangays submitted for drug clearance.
Bohol is now last at number four from top one then in barangay drug affectation among the four Central Visayas provinces following the declaration of more than 300 Bohol barangays as drug-cleared.
The Regional Oversight Committee comprised by the PDEA, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Health made the declaration.
Former PDEA-Bohol Head Agent Nicolas Gomez had clarified that it did not mean that Bohol had most drug just because it had most number of reported drug-affected barangays.
He explained it rather indicated the seriousness and honesty of the Boholanos because they reported their barangays as affected even if there were only one or two drug users.
During their courtesy meeting, Chatto explained to Getalla the major and essential aspects of Bohol’s campaign against illegal drug.
His explanation was detailed in a presentation of the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program Without Walls (CBRP-WoW) by Artemia Lison of the Center for Drug Education and Counseling (CEDEC).
Getalla said he only heard of CEDEC in Bohol from the provincial level but to the barangays where there are training graduate volunteers.
The PDEA regional chief was impressed by the sincerity and commitment of the Bohol government and the cooperation of the community down to the grassroot through the so-called purok power.
According to PNP Prov’l. Dir. Angeles Geñorga, the significant accomplishments in Bohol have been a product of thorough, honest-to-goodness validation of reports about the drug personalities involved.
He said appreciating the real problem has made Bohol able to come up with more responsive solutions.
Bohol’s anti-drug campaign is strengthened in four pillars—drug supply reduction, which largely involves the law enforcers; demand reduction, which has people who must engage in reporting the drug users to the authorities and help educate on the evils of drug; rehabilitation, which is community-based; and after care, which includes agencies that provide job and livelihood means, among others.
Geñorga acknowledged that the template using the four pillars is working and this would not have been the case without the functioning structure the Bohol government has placed.
The functional structure used in Bohol as led by the provincial government has effectively helped the PNP, PDEA and other law enforcers.
Law enforcers’ huge successes have been also obviously indicated by the many arrests coupled with both small and large amounts of illegal drugs seized.
Bohol scored big in buy-bust and other police operations while billions-worth of shabu have easily been smuggled past the Bureau of Customs in Manila.
The police believed the volumes of shabu delivered to the provinces formed part of the billions-worth of illegal drugs “undetected” at the Customs, where not one suspect has been killed.
PNP CHIEF: ‘HELP, KEEP FIGHTING’
Geñorga called on all Bohoholanos to help and keep fightng against illegal drug, particularly in the demand reduction side.
If there are no buyers, then the sellers will have no market to survive, he said.
The Camp Dagohoy commander said the massive anti-drug operation will continue without fear or favor.
Geñorga asked everyone to stay away from illegal drug as further validations are underway.
In his open letter to the synchronized assembly of Bohol’s 1,109 barangay yesterday, Chatto also asked the Boholanos that, being responsible citizens, they must assist the law enforcers.
During the Kita ug Ang Gobernador program on Friday, the media raised to the governor the revived rumor from political critics about certain officials allegedly involved in illegal drug.
Chatto readily responded, “I would be very happy to know who they may be so that we can quickly monitor and, if we get right evidences, we are able to prosecute them.”
He said that in several meetings with the local officials, Pres. Duterte would warn those who may have engaged themselves in illegal drug trade but there was no mention of any from Bohol.
“But here we have local critics who easily destroy the name and image of our province,” the governor said.
Chatto was himself a victim of election black propaganda by a
paid radioman who maligned the governor as having a walking defect because of illegal drug overdose.
When he was child, Chatto contacted a polio that has since affected one of his legs. (Ven rebo Arigo)