With the elections over and done with, local government officials can now concentrate fully in the battle against illegal drugs with the court trying its best to efficiently dispose all pending cases to deliver the message that the government is serious in its advocacy to rid society with the drugs menace.
Fernando Martinez, Action Officer of the Negros Oriental Drug Abuse Prevention Council, recently convened the membership to review the gains and institutionalize strategies designed to ensure that the anti-drugs campaign of the government shall become proactive to deliver encouraging results.
Among the programs that will be aggressively implemented this year are:
enhancement training for police and law enforcers on drug operations and court procedures; conferences with mayors and local drugs abuse councils; information drive in schools and barangays of the ill-effects of drugs; procurement of additional drug testing kits for the provincial crime laboratory, random drug tests for government personnel; request for confidential and intelligence funding assistance for buy bust operations in coordination with the PDEA and training for drug sniffing dogs.
For the month of July alone, the drugs court RTC Branch 30 has convicted nine accused: five for selling, three for possession and one for possession of drug paraphernalia.
However, the same court acquitted two accused based on the report of Clerk of Court Joanna Ruth T. Utzurrum. NORDAPC is composed of representatives from the DSWD, Dep-ed, PIA, PNP, DILG, PDEA and other government agencies. (by Dems Demecillo)