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Aklan to launch 'BIDA'

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) --  The province of Aklan will be launching the "Buhay Ingatan Droga’y Ayawan (BIDA)" program on April 26 with Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as guest of honor.

The launching will be held at the ABL Sports Complex in Kalibo town, which will be attended and participated in by youth representatives, Municipal and Barangay Anti-drug Abuse Council (M/BADAC) members, advocacy support groups, Persons who Used Drugs (PWUDs), chiefs of police, fire marshals of all municipalities of Aklan, personnel of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH), Aklan State University (ASU) architecture students, Kalibo Pilot Elementary School (KPES) teachers, and DILG-Aklan personnel  led by Provincial Director Dino A. Ponsaran.

Aside from the launching, other BIDA-related activities were organized and conceptualized through DILG-Aklan’s partnership with the Provincial Government of Aklan, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), all Aklan local chief executives, and Local Youth Development Offices (LyDOs).

These include the Bugae it Pamatan-ong Akeanon, which is a showcase of Aklan youth talents; Hinun-anon: Kampanya Kontra Ilegal Nga Droga (Anti-Drug Abuse

DILG-Aklan Provincial Director Dino Ponsaran (with microphone), presides over the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting held recently at DILG-Aklan to discuss preparations of various agencies for the launching of BIDA in the province.

Colloquium) at the ABL Sports Complex, Simultaneous BIDA Advocacy Activities; and Inagurasyon It Baeay it Pagbag-o It Kalibo (Ribbon-Cutting of Kalibo Balay Silangan) in Brgy. Nalook, Kalibo town.

Other activities, which will be led by Sec. Abalos on April 26, include his visit and conduct of drug testing at the Aklan District Jai in Brgy. Nalook, Kalibo; press conference with the local media, declaration of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon as drug-free workplace, and Mural Painting Viewing at the KPES.

BIDA, according to DILG-Aklan, is the agency’s medium to long-term program in the national campaign against illegal drugs, and is a holistic approach in countering the proliferation of illegal and dangerous drugs.

It also strengthens supply and demand reduction efforts by galvanizing the support of the community, duty-bearers, and other stakeholders in drug use and rehabilitation, and seeks to improve quality of life and safeguard the Filipino people from criminality and the ill-effects of drugs in a manner that is within the framework of law and with respect to human rights.

“DILG-Aklan and the Aklan provincial government, with our efforts to foster multi-stakeholder and community involvement, appeal to each and every Aklanon to support the BIDA program and activities. Let us work hand-in-hand in countering the proliferation of illegal and dangerous drugs in Aklan, and safeguard our people from criminality and ill-effects of drugs,” Ponsaran said. (JBG/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)

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