Valencia City Recognizes 7 Drug-Free Barangays

The City Government of Valencia has recognized seven barangays in the city for being cleared from illegal drugs during the observance of this year’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week on November 26, 2018 at the City Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

Among the drug-free barangays were the Barangay Catumbalon, Tugaya, Lourdes, Mabuhay, Concepcion, Pinatilan, and San Carlos.

Valencia City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas lauded the efforts of the seven barangays and encouraged the 24 remaining villages in the city to intensify their efforts in supporting the government’s Anti-Drug Campaign.

Huervas said that barangay officials should be aware of their responsibilities and should always be brave in implementing the programs of the government against illegal drugs.

“Usa ka dakong hagit natong tanan mga opisyales ug mga katawhan ang pagsugpo sa ilegal nga droga apan kung gusto nato nga ang atong siyudad mamahimong drug-free kinahanglan nga magtinabangay kita ug dili kita mahadlok sa pag-implementa sa mga programa ug kampanya batok ilegal nga droga,” Huervas said. (It is a big challenge for us officials and people in the city to curtail illegal drugs but if we want to become a drug-free city then we need to help one another and never be afraid in enforcing the programs and campaign against illegal drugs.)

Each barangay who received the award extended their heartfelt gratitude and was thankful for the support of the city government and other agencies for helping them throughout their journey in achieving a drug-free barangay.

Meanwhile, highlight in the observance of the 2018 Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is the gathering of the different barangay and SK officials, drug responders, national agencies, civil society organization, religious sector, business sector, and the different youth organizations in the city.

With the slogan “Listen First,” the celebration serves as a campaign that aims to increase support for science-based drug abuse prevention and raise awareness towards the importance of listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.

Speaking during the event, Iav Nefrelyn F. Sibugon, Provincial Officer of PDEA Bukidnon PSET, said that Valencia City was one of the active local government units in terms of implementing the programs on drug abuse prevention.

Sibugon was hoping that the city government will continue their efforts in providing public awareness against the evil effects of illegal drug-use as well as public cooperation in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

The celebration culminated with the releasing of balloons that signifies the support of the city government in drug prevention.

The event was also made possible with the presence and support of the City Councilors Atty. Oliver Owen L. Garcia and Helen T. Bernal, ABC President Rogelio P. Hera Jr., City Local Government Operations Officer of DILG Valencia Amalia A. Propia, Police Superintendent Ritche J. Yandug and Parish Priest Fr. Rufino Beruan.

(Aron A. Rempohito, PIO Staff)