3 gov’t agencies join hands vs illegal drugs in Bicol

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LEGAZPI CITY, 17Sept2013 (PNA) – Three government agencies have joined hands against illegal drugs in the Bicol region by signing a memorandum of agreement aimed at strengthening the fight against this social menace.

Regional Director Nataniel Lacambra of the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Director Jocelyn O. Hapal of the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration and Regional Director Archie A. Grande of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency signed the MOA on Friday after agreeing on the provisions, roles and responsibilities of each agency.

Under the program called Kapit-Bisig for a Drug Free Bicolandia, the PDEA RO5’s primary role in this agreement is to provide technical assistance such as resource speakership, information materials during information drives and activities and assist on drug-related concerns of the OWWA RO5 and DOLE RO5.

In addition, the PDEA RO5, together with rehabilitation centers in the region, will endorse candidates for recipients of DOLE livelihood packages.

The three agencies will provide for the promotion and implementation of a regional drug abuse program for their personnel as well as their clients. The OWWA RO5 will also encourage their clients and stakeholders to attend anti-drug education, information dissemination and campaigns with the goal of achieving drug-free workers, while DOLE RO5 will grant livelihood packages for deserving individuals who wish to integrate back to society after rehabilitation.

Grande said these agreements are also a welcome initiative for government agencies.

The Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 13 Series 2010: Guidelines for A Drug Free Workplace in the Bureaucracy encourages all government agencies to adopt anti-drug campaign and projects to ensure that the workplace and their clientele are drug-free.(PNA)

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