SAN FERNANDO CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Regional Office 1 (PDEA-1) and the Department of Health San Fernando La Union - Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH SFLU-TRC) partnered to fight against illegal drugs.
In the Kapihan sa Ilocos program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Regional Office 1 on November 18, both agencies presented their accomplishments and proposed programs for the remaining months of 2020 as well as their plans for 2021.
As of October 2020, there are only 39 arrest cases in the Ilocos region, the age bracket of the persons ranged from 18 to 39 years old and were mostly males according to PDEA-1.
It was also reported that despite the enhanced community quarantine, the PDEA-1 has seized about a kilo or six to Php10-million worth of shabu in the province of Pangasinan during a buy-bust operation.
Further, the DOH SFLU-TRC has no reported online appointment on female consultations and rehabilitation but has received a number of online inquiries since the facility opened on October 1.
"During the coronavirus disease 2019 community quarantine, illegal drug trade activities in the Ilocos Region are from zero to null because of the stringent checkpoints in the borders of the provinces and we can say that this is one of the positive effects of the pandemic," said PDEA-1 Assistant Regional Director Resty Lamorena.
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL WEEK 2020 - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 1 Assistant Regional Director Resty Lamorena serves as a guest during the Kapihan sa Ilocos program of PIA-1 to talk about the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week 2020 celebration during an episode on Novemebr 18, 2020 held at the San Fernando La Union - Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in San Fernando City, La Union. (AHFF/PIA-1)
"But now that there is lenient mobility in the country, all of our PDEA regional offices are strictly monitoring illegal drug related money transfers and transport using remittance centers, couriers, and other freight services since we received reports that they are now utilizing such to collect payments and distribute the items," Lamorena added.
In addition, both agencies will start visiting the different city and municipal local government units in the region to promote their services as well as strengthen their partnership with the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) due to occurrence of voluntary surrenders who reverted to illegal drug use.
In fact, the SLFU-TRC personnel has already coordinated with the City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto during the conduct of the quarterly City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) meeting held on November 19 to offer their services.
Furthermore, the PDEA-1 is still extensively implementing surveillance and apprehension activities to those who take advantage of the current COVID-19 situation.
Aside from these, both are also promoting the services of Balay Silangan established in the provinces to cater to drug pushers and undergo reformation programs while the rehabilitation centers provide treatment to severe illegal drug users before they will be brought back to the communities.
"We all have to play a big role in the fight against illegal drugs, we have to be open to our families because they are the first one who can help us, but we are always here to support our constituents who temporarily lost their focus in life and help bring them back to be good and law abiding citizens of the society," said DOH SFLU-TRC Chief Health Program Officer Dr. Rosalina Caoile.
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL WEEK 2020 - Department of Health San Fernando La Union - Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH SFLU-TRC) Dr. Rosalina Caoile talks about the services of their facility as part of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week 2020 celebration during the Kapihan sa Ilocos program of PIA 1 held on November 18, 2020 at the SFLU-TRC Conference Room in San Fernando City, La Union. (AHFF/PIA-1)
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 124, dated November 26, 2001, the third week of November of every year celebrates the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.
This year's theme is: "Better Knowledge for Better Care." (JCR/AMB/AHFF/PIA-1)