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Monday, November 28, 2016

CamSur guv strengthens fight against drugs through CASUROG Program

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, CAMARINES SUR, Nov. 28 (PIA) --- Various efforts to curb the ill-effects of illegal drugs have already been implemented by the provincial government of Camarines Sur in response to the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte immediately following his assumption of office in June 30.

Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte recapitulated this commitment during the regional launch of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) “Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga” or MASA MASID program Friday, November 25 at the Capitol Convention Center here.

“I mustered enough courage to speak with SILG Ismael Sueno and convince him to hold the MASA MASID regional launch here in the province simply to reiterate that Camarines Sur is 100 per cent in support of President Duterte’s campaign  against illegal drugs,” Villafuerte said

The young governor presented the province’s anti-drug program which is now slowly gaining grounds, particularly in the grassroots level.

Dubbed Camarines Sur Response Operations Group, popularly known as CASUROG program, includes among others the establishment of drug rehabilitation centers, provision of scholarship to the youth and providing supplementary livelihood programs to those previously involved in illegal drug use.

Believing that the youth will play a key role in the success of the campaign, Villafuerte first organized the youth through the Provincial Youth Summit against Prohibited Drugs held September here where he challenged the student-participants to raise their awareness on the ill-effects of drugs and encourage them to have an active role in the fight against illegal drugs.

He was also instrumental in the formation of Task Force KAbarangay Ko, TAtabangan Kong Iwasan ang Droga (KATAID)  in compliance with DILG RMC N0. 2016-015. Part of its commitment is  the provision of the provincial government’s full support to OPLAN Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel being spearheaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Villafuerte also cited the important role of the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) as frontliners in rehabilitating drug addicts who will avail of the government’s program. He stated that he and his father, 2nd District Congressman LRay Villafuerte are already crafting a bill that would increase the current honorarium of the BHWs in the province.

To ensure that surrenderees will have a place to go, the governor said that a residential rehab center in Iriga City is now being worked on plus ten (10) non-residential rehab centers in the outskirts of the province to serve the out-patients.
“CASUROG is being fully implemented in the 1,03 barangays here in the province where we have designated 5 to 8 volunteers that will serve as the government’s eyes and ears. They will be in every nook and corner of Camarines Sur to safeguard the community against illegal drugs,” Villafuerte said in closing. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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