Caraga 'Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Droga' organized in Northeastern Mindanao

November 9, 2009 11:27 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 10 – A Caraga “Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Droga” (KBLD) was organized on Monday to make Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) a drug-free region in Mindanao.

The KBLD was organized during the first day of the week-long drug awareness and prevention activity here.

To give more teeth to the newly organized anti-drug group, the stakeholders spearheaded by the Caraga region Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) signed a manifesto of support aimed to combat illicit drugs during the opening ceremonies of the 1st Caraga Drug Prevention and Awareness Week held at San Ignacio Covered Court, Barangay San Ignacio, this city.

Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos of the Diocese of Butuan and former president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) opened the week-long activity.

After signing of the manifesto, the PDEA Caraga also launched the TXT PDEA campaign led by the agency's Regional Director Lawyer Joey Quiriones. Informants can text 09395657444 or 09064422242.

In his message, Bishop Pueblos cited the vital role of the family in giving solution to drug problems.

“Drug problems will be solved not only by one or few groups but through the concerted efforts of individuals and that, this should start within the family by instilling to the minds of every family member the importance of strong family relationship," said Bishop Pueblos.

The PDEA’s week-long activity was participated by various concerned government agencies, non-government organization, academe, religious and other school organizations, non-government organization and media.

PDEA Director General Dionisio R. Santiago, along with his regional, provincial and city officers spearheaded the activity.

Part of the activity were mass, parade, poster-making contest, blood-letting, radio and print prevention and awareness program, mass-feeding, “handog pamasko”, sports, and other socio-civic programs. (PNA)



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