Out of ICAD, Robredo still pursues anti-drugs advocacy

Published November 26, 2019, 1:19 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Although she is no longer the anti-drug czar, Vice President Leni Robredo will not abandon efforts in solving the drug menace in the country.

(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, former co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), intends to do this in her capacity as the second top official of the land.

True enough, she proceeded with her scheduled visit at a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center in San Fernando, Camarines Sur a day after she was sacked by President Duterte from her post.

It is the first rehabilitation facility built by the Department of Health (DOH) in the Bicol region.

The Office of the Vice President released photos of her visit at the rehabilitation center, where she was briefed on initiatives in the rehabilitation of drug dependents.

Accompanied by DOH Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago, Robredo toured the facility and met some of the recovering drug dependents.

“The Vice President assured them of continued efforts to assist in programs aimed at treatment and rehabilitation,” her office said.

In Naga City, Robredo attended the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation (CBDR) workshop for program facilitators. She also met members of Mothers Against Drugs Abuse (MADA), a key organization in the implementation of the city’s rehabilitation program.

“So ngayon, kahit wala na ako sa posisyon, hindi naman nangangahulugan na wala na tayong magagawa. Mas lalo tayong ginaganahan, dahil nakita na natin kung ano iyong pagkukulang,” she said.

(So now, even if I’m not in the position, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything. We are more motivated because we have seen the inefficiency.)

While she was the ICAD co-head, Robredo sat down with different sectors for consultations and visited community-based rehabilitation centers for drug dependents in various communities.

She also had discussions with officials of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United States Embassy about the “best practices” of other countries that the Philippines can adopt in combating illegal drugs.

Robredo said drug addiction should be treated as a health issue that needs a more comprehensive and humanitarian response.

On Monday, the lady official expressed her intention of not backing out in the fight against illegal drugs after her removal from her lead role in the drug war.

“I assure you that even if my post has been taken away, they can’t take away my determination to stop the killings, make those liable accountable, and win our campaign against illegal drugs,” she said.

According to Robredo, the country wants a government that is a “true champion of the people” against illegal drugs.

Robredo is set to give a “report to the nation” about her recommendations and what she found out about the anti-drug campaign.

 
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Out of ICAD, Robredo still pursues anti-drugs advocacy

Published November 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Raymund Antonio

Although she is no longer the anti-drug czar, Vice President Leni Robredo will not abandon efforts in solving the drug menace in the country.

(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, former co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), intends to do this in her capacity as the second top official of the land.

True enough, she proceeded with her scheduled visit at a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center in San Fernando, Camarines Sur a day after she was sacked by President Duterte from her post.

It is the first rehabilitation facility built by the Department of Health (DOH) in the Bicol region.

The Office of the Vice President released photos of her visit at the rehabilitation center, where she was briefed on initiatives in the rehabilitation of drug dependents.

Accompanied by DOH Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago, Robredo toured the facility and met some of the recovering drug dependents.

“The Vice President assured them of continued efforts to assist in programs aimed at treatment and rehabilitation,” her office said.

In Naga City, Robredo attended the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation (CBDR) workshop for program facilitators. She also met members of Mothers Against Drugs Abuse (MADA), a key organization in the implementation of the city’s rehabilitation program.

“So ngayon, kahit wala na ako sa posisyon, hindi naman nangangahulugan na wala na tayong magagawa. Mas lalo tayong ginaganahan, dahil nakita na natin kung ano iyong pagkukulang,” she said.

(So now, even if I’m not in the position, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything. We are more motivated because we have seen the inefficiency.)

While she was the ICAD co-head, Robredo sat down with different sectors for consultations and visited community-based rehabilitation centers for drug dependents in various communities.

She also had discussions with officials of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United States Embassy about the “best practices” of other countries that the Philippines can adopt in combating illegal drugs.

Robredo said drug addiction should be treated as a health issue that needs a more comprehensive and humanitarian response.

On Monday, the lady official expressed her intention of not backing out in the fight against illegal drugs after her removal from her lead role in the drug war.

“I assure you that even if my post has been taken away, they can’t take away my determination to stop the killings, make those liable accountable, and win our campaign against illegal drugs,” she said.

According to Robredo, the country wants a government that is a “true champion of the people” against illegal drugs.

Robredo is set to give a “report to the nation” about her recommendations and what she found out about the anti-drug campaign.

 
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