PASAY city bested other local government units (LGUs) in the number of drug-related apprehensions last year.
Pasay City Police Station placed number one among seven other cities in the southern part of Metro Manila when it comes to the number of apprehensions of illegal drugs in 2013.
Newly installed chief of police Sr. Supt. Florencio Ortilla said they had a total of 184 apprehensions last year, making the city as the most active among seven police stations in Southern Police District (SPD).
During the Pasay Peace and Order Council Meeting at the Pasay City Hall, Ortilla assured Mayor Antonino Calixto that the Pasay Police under his leadership will continue to work together with all the barangays in the city as partners in the anti-drug campaign.
Calixto for his part lauded the local police for taking a more active role in the fight against illegal drugs in the city.
“A drug-free Pasay has always been my goal. That is why I ordered our local police that they must act decisively to maintain peace and order and that they should be extra vigilant against illegal drug activities,” Calixto said.
The mayor reiterated that his marching order to the Pasay Police is to maintain an aggressive campaign against illegal drugs through continuous crackdown against drug users and suppliers.
He said that he expects Ortilla to continue the “war against illegal drugs”.
Pasay City Spokesman Jonathan Malaya said that just last year November 2013, the city received an award from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) for its involvement and significant contributions to the anti-drug abuse campaign of the government.
Malaya said that Usec. Jose Marlowe Pedregosa, DDB Executive Director, himself said that Pasay City Government is one of their “staunch supporters” in the fight against drug abuse.
“In awarding the City, DDB recognizes the city’s efforts and utmost commitment for the success of the national drug abuse prevention and control campaign of the government, and in pursuit of the vision of a drug-free country,” Malaya said.
Calixto said that he is grateful that their anti-drug efforts has been recognized like the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) program to educate Pasay residents on R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act.
CADAC, he said, has been active in the barangays to raise awareness by teaching them how drugs affects their body, family relationships, finances, friends, neighbors, properties and the lives of other people.
Part of the City’s awareness campaign against illegal drugs is through the Drug Abuse Resistant Education or the DARE and Kids Against Drugs Program.
Under the DARE Program, the city government provides modules designed for elementary students, educators and members of the police that can be use for lectures and other educational campaign. The subject is integrated in their MHAPE classes.
The mayor also said that for high school students, they introduced the BKD or Barkadahan Kontra Droga. The lectures are being done by the Dangerous Drugs Board and the CADAC personnel. The students are also encouraged to be members of the BKD to help support each other and resist peer pressure to use drugs.
“Other programs that we have are Students Against Vices And Evils of Drugs or SAVED. Under this Program, we give modules for college students and youth. They are taught how to observe honor, dignity, and respect others. They also become facilitator in sharing information and knowledge against drug abuse, trained for leadership and community service,” the mayor added.
Likewise, he said, Pasay has a functioning Special Drug Education Center designed for out–of-school-youth and street children. The center serves as a venue in promoting preventive and developmental services to equip them with the knowledge and coping skills to prevent drug and substance abuse.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO