Pasig LGU receives P5-M cash grant from DDB

Published December 21, 2020, 6:48 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The local government of Pasig City recently received a P5-million cash grant from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) for the development of the city’s anti-drug abuse council facilities.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto receives from Dangerous Drugs Board Usec. Earl Saavedra the agency’s P5 million cash grant for the improvement of Pasig’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council facilities. (Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto)

Mayor Vico Sotto and DDB Executive Director Usec. Earl Saavedra signed a memorandum of agreement for the cash grant intended for the improvement of facilities of Pasig’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

Sotto said the war against illegal drugs in Pasig has continued despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“May mga lugar sa Pasig na infested pa rin ng pinagbabawal na gamot (There are areas in Pasig that are still infested with illegal drugs),” the mayor said.

“Kailangan patuloy nating labanan ang ‘supply side’ at pati ang ‘demand side’—kung hindi ay walang katapusan ang laban na ito (We must continue to fight the ‘supply side’ as well as the ‘demand side’—otherwise this battle will never end),” he added.

Sotto explained that the treatment approach for mild drug users must be different from moderate or severe drug users.

Amid the pandemic, he said the city government has intensified its Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP).

Pasig City was recently recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as one of the nine local government units nationwide with best community-based drug rehab program practices.