All efforts paid off with the gathering of almost a thousand representatives from various sectors in the anti-drug summit held recently at the University of Eastern Philippines initiated by the provincial government.
This is one of the various measures of the local government under the leadership of Governor Jose L. Ong, Jr. aiming for a drug-free provincial government said Vice Governor Gary Lavin during the Summit.
Recognizing the crucial role of the Local Government, the governor enforced bold initiatives and some of these covers drug testing as requirement in the hiring and rehiring of consultants, contractual, and job order employees of the provincial government and inclusion of PPAs (Programs, Projects, and Activities) that are geared towards drug prevention, rehabilitation mechanism, and other support services in the 2017 Annual Investment Plan of the provincial government, Lavin disclosed.
The vice governor stressed that the action plan formulated in the Summit will be a good input to a more comprehensive anti-illegal drug program that the provincial government hope to institutionalize.
“Let me give you my resounding assurance that we are one with you in this crusade,” Lavin said speaking in behalf of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan.
“Rest assured that we will provide the necessary legislative underpinnings that would strengthen our programs and services anchored on the overall policy of the national government against illegal drugs,” he said.
The Summit was just one of the interventions that the provincial government aggressively spearheaded as part of Governor Ong’s firm resolve and serious commitment to win the fight against the imminent threats of drug-related incidents.
All these are aimed at protecting the life and safety of the Nortehanons especially the young generation, said Vice Governor Lavin. (Aillen Diaz)