RECAP: Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting in Dumaguete City

By Roi Lomotan


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PCOO Asec. Ramon Cualoping addresses hundreds of Dumagueteños during the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting held in the city on March 17, 2018.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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:






Drug-related cases filed with NegOr prosecution office seen to rise

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL(PIA) — The Provincial Prosecution Office (PPO) has received 28 drug cases filed from different municipalities in the month of July with over 10,000 drug users and pushers who voluntarily surrendered in the province.

PPO Administrative Officer V Carmencita Dipaling said cases are expected to increase with the ongoing intensified anti-drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) dubbed as ‘Oplan TokHang’.

Of the 28 cases filed, 15 were charged in violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and 13 in violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) under Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In the same period, the Special Drug Court Branch 30 has a total of eight cases resolved  with six convictions under Section 5 and two acquittals, reported Atty. Joanna Utzurrum in a regular meeting of Negros Oriental Drug Abuse Prevention Council (NORDAPC).

However, Utzurrum said before the new administration took over in June, the sala of Judge Crescencio Tan Jr. of Branch 30 has already resolved 11 cases with eight convictions, two acquittals and one dismissed due to lack of merits.


Through Project Double Barrel and Oplan TokHang, the number of suspected drug users and pushers who surrendered have been increasing with the continuous efforts of the PNP to eliminate the illegal drug activities in the province. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Aug. 5, 2016)

Oplan TokHang gathers over 3T drug pushers, users in NegOr

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


Sr. Supt. Harris Fama


NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – A total of 3,331 drug pushers and users as of July 8 have voluntarily surrendered to police authorities in different municipalities and cities in the province.

According Police Senior Supt. Harris Fama of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO), the campaign is part of intensified government crackdown against illegal drug problem in the country dubbed Project TokHang (Toktok-Hangyo).

TokHang is part of Oplan Double Barrel aligned with the objective of President Rodrigo Duterte on anti-drug campaign aimed at drug pushers, users, and protectors of illegal drugs to curb and stop their illicit activities, said Col. Fama.

“However, the first approach is to have the list and validation of the suspects and reach out to them by communicating and explain for them to voluntarily surrender,” Fama explained.

Under TokHang (knock and talk or negotiate), law enforcers also convince drug personalities to never be involved again in the illegal drug trade.

Fama said the next line of attack is the police operation where a search warrant will be served and a buy-bust operation will be done.

However, the police director issued a warning against vigilante groups claiming that they help law enforcers on the anti-illegal drugs operation.

“We will not allow the vigilantes groups to have their own operation, the possibility that they may just shoot the pusher, the public should be alarmed on this and report to the authorities for we have to arrest them,” warned Fama.

“This already happening in one of the cities here, we arrested four persons in the check point bringing weapons and their mission to shoot the drug pushers and and I am very confident that vigilante group is existing,” said Fama.

Of over 3,000 drug pushers and users voluntarily surrendered in the province, these include the following cities and municipalities: Canlaon City, 22; Vallehermoso, 75; Guihulngan City, 576; La Libertad, 57; Jimalalud, 70; Tayasan, 96; Ayungon, 64; Bindoy, 39; Manjuyod, 26; Mabinay, 70; Bais City, 171; Tanjay City, 376; Pamplona, 20; Amlan, 203; San Jose, 237; Sibulan, 576; Dumaguete City, 56; Valencia, 23; Bacong, 12; Dauin, 154; Zamboanguita, 64; Siaton, 66; Sta. Catalina, 73; Bayawan City, 140; and Basay, 58. (rmn/jct/PIA7-NegrosOriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on July 10, 2016)