Drug-free stickers implemented

Drug-free stickers highlight the significant role of the family in addressing the drug menace in society.

Gov. Edgar Chatto explained this as the Philippine National Police, in coordination with the provincial government and the barangays, started the implementation of drug-free stickers yesterday.

Under the campaign, each household is assigned a code number that will reflect in the drug-free home sticker.

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Households that are drug-free will get their stickers.

Households that are not yet cleared will be assisted by the barangay leaders in going through the process to avail of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program Without Walls (CBRP-WoW) until they get cleared which means family members involved in illegal drugs are already out of the vice.

Chatto said the stickers are with the station commanders and the simultaneous launching at the barangay level was conducted yesterday.

The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the ordinance on the drug-free stickers was approved by the Provincial Peace and Order Council on December 21.

  Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Mita Tecson explained the mechanics of CBRP-WoW during the briefing for faith-based organizations on December 29.

During the briefing, Chatto urged members of faith-based organizations to serve as models of good behavior in their respective communities, focusing on positivity.

Chatto also emphasized that ridding households of illegal drugs does not depend on government leaders, but on the family members themselves.

 The head of the family has the great influence in guiding family members to veer away from illegal drugs.

On the other hand, Alfonso Bayocot, chief investigator of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Bohol expressed that the CHR now supports the drug-free home stickers campaign because of the CBRP-WoW as one of the components of the campaign.

Bayocot said CHR-Bohol understands that the campaign is a way of “positive discrimination”.

The concept of drug-free home sticker is a component of the “Oplan Hangyu” introduced by former DILG Sec. Ismael Sueno in February 2017.

Sueno suggested the drug-free home stickers  after the PNP initially withdrew from the war on drugs as an alternative, being a nonviolent approach.

After about a month, the provincial government of Bohol launched the Center For Drug Education and Counselling (CEDEC) which “operates as the primary educational, psychosocial and health care provider of persons with substance use disorder (PSUD)”.

It is established based on Provincial Ordinance 14, series of 1997, creating the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) wherein Section 10 provides for the Establishment of the Center for Drug Education and Counselling.

CEDEC, which is housed in the Oak Brook Building at Acacia Drive in the city, serves as “a friendly holistic learning and counseling center for the recovery and healing of persons with substance use disorder, living in a drug-free Boholano community”.

It offers short-term, time limited approach that includes assessment, counselling, psychotherapy and psychiatry.

It also offers crisis intervention, referral and outreach services; and designed to promote recovery through peer support, socialization, education and training.

The CEDEC program components include psychosocial services, health services, referral services, peer support group services, spiritual wellness and religious services, after-care and follow up services, and outreach services.

The provincial government also ensures the capacity development of CEDEC service providers.

Service providers are also provided with competency enhancement as to the recent trends of patient care as a continuing process in coordination with Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) and CBRP-WoW.



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