Governor Cua wants Catanduanes to achieve drug-free province status


Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua has expressed anew his goal to achieve a drug-free province status.

Speaking before the students and teachers from Division of Catanduanes, Barkada Kontra Droga members, Governor Cua said that he wants Catanduanes to become at least the first province in Bicol Region to get a drug-free status.

Cua joined the launching of the Barkada Kontra Droga seminar spearheaded by Department of Education (DepEd) Catanduanes last April 17.

The seminar aims to promote awareness among students from different schools within the province about the effects of illegal drugs.

The governor also presented his programs against the proliferation of illegal drug activities in the province in line with the war on drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Sinisiguro namin na tayo ang mauunang maging drug-cleared if not in the whole nation, at least sa Bicol region,” Governor Cua said.

Cua also shared to the participants that last month, Catanduanes was named one of the few recipients of the Regional Peace and Order award for having six drug-cleared barangays.

“At present, there are 60 more barangays soon to be declared as drug-cleared and 77 drug free barangays,” said the provincd.

Meanwhile, Atty. Ferdaussi B. Masnar, Legal Consultant of Dangerous Drugs Board, discussed the salient features of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

“Under R.A. 9165, mayroong certain participation ang family, students, teachers, school authorities in its enforcement…napaka-importante po ng pamilya as a basic unit of the Filipino society, sa pamilya po nagsisimula yung responsibilidad na turuan ang mga anak kung ano ang masama at mabuti,” said Masnar.

Moreover, Dr. Bernardino A. Vicente, former director of the National Center of Mental Health discussed the medical aspect of drug abuse, and Ma. Sionne May Crispino talked about the Japan Drug Education Program.