By Roi Lomotan
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), and the City Government of Dumaguete engage local officials, representatives from the barangays, law enforcement agencies and officers of line agencies, youth, academe, and other sectors in a Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting held on March 17, 2018 at Negros Oriental Convention Center, Dumaguete City.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping led a team of officials representing various national government agencies comprising ICAD to explain in detail the government programs, debunk alternative facts, and showcase the results and benefits of the government’s efforts to fight the drug menace.
Rehabinasyon, a portmanteau of rehabilitation and nation, aims to take a holistic approach in eliminating the country’s drug problem by putting a premium on the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.
Here are some highlights of the event.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo delivered the welcome address. Seated next to him are the officials of government agencies comprising the ICAD (l-r): Bureau of Corrections Assistant Director Omar Buenafe, Director Derrick Carreon, Usec. Benjamin Reyes of Dangerous Drugs Board, and Asec. Aurora Ignacio representing the Office of the President. Later on, Mayor Remollo joined the panel of resource speakers in addressing the questions arising at the open forum part of the town meeting.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Asec. Ramon Cualoping III discuss the objectives of Rehabinasyon to Dumagueteños attending the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting.
During the open forum segment, Asec. Cualoping also stressed the important role of the youth in ensuring a drug-free society.
“It all starts with us. As the future bearers of this country, it starts with our discipline. I think it starts with you. If there’s temptation to use drugs, if there’s temptation to veer away from straight from the path, then you must have discipline and self-control,” Cualoping said.
Officials of national government agencies comprising the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) present updates and programs of their agencies in relation to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs during the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting (starting at top photo) PDEA Director Derrick Carreon, DILG-Negros Oriental Officer Farah Gentuya, and Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin, Program Manager of Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program of DOH. Rehabinasyon is the Philippine government’s all-encompassing campaign against illegal drugs — from enforcement, justice, rehabilitation and reintegration, and advocacy.
The event concluded with the residents of Dumaguete City expressing their support to Rehabinasyon.
REHABINASYON envisions to make the country drug-free to ensure a better future for Filipino families, especially the youth.
Watch the full video of Rehabinasyon Town Hall in Dumaguete City at Rehabinasyon’s Official Facebook Page: