Valencia City Health Office Conducts Awareness Campaign Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
In line with the celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the City Health Office conducts Awareness Campaign Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking on June 27, 2017 at CAP Auditorium to raise awareness and recognize the severe impact of illicit drugs on health, development, peace and security.
The activity is aimed to promote awareness and mobilize support for drug control and prevention in support to the campaign of the present administration’s war on drugs.
Dr. Michael E. Escalante, MASA MASID Physician Program Coordinator welcomed the participants and emphasized the role of City Health Office in strengthening the structure of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program.
SP02 Honorato Cadeliña, PIO/Police Relations PNCO of Valencia City Police Station introduced the first speaker PCI Julius Carlo B.Belmes, Chief Operations Officer/Chief Intelligence Officer of PNP Valencia City.
PCI Belmes discussed the meaning, uses and kinds of drugs and the adverse effects of drug addiction. He also presented the framework of the anti-drug campaign of the present administration.
PCI Belmes also showcased his buddy, Boo, a K-9 Police Dog who displayed his extraordinary prowess in sniffing drugs and other explosive devices.
Meanwhile, Mr. Abe P. Gillaco, MPA, CGDH-HRMO who spoke in behalf of the City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, in his message, highlighted the role of the employees of the City Health in combatting drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
Maj. Hermie P. Pava, (RES) PA, NSTP Director of Central Mindanao University, the second speaker discussed the latest update on drugs, the war on drugs campaign of the government, and the psychosocial aspects of drug abuse.
Marlyn V. Agbayani, MD, City Health Officer thanked all the participants and invited all health workers to strengthen the advocacy and help the government’s plight against drug addiction.
“Are we winning to the war against drugs? We, health workers should lead the change,” Dr. Agbayani added.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed annually every June 26.
By: EJ Montebon, AO V - CHO