TAGBILARAN CITY, October 11 (PIA)--Inabanga puts up a record to beat, the largest number of attendees showing support to the town anti-drugs drive when local officials launched Alyansa Kontra Droga (ALSA DROGA) Tuesday.
An estimated 4,000 residents of the town's 50 barangays, public and private high schools, municipal employees and a sprinkling of anti-drug advocates including Bantay Bayan Foundation volunteers and the Philippine National Police converged at the town gymnasium in the afternoon launch.
Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy led local officials in welcoming the residents who came in to show their overwhelming support to the campaign that has seriously marred the town's name following the bust of a drug distribution network in its mountain barangay.
In a subtle admission of the extant of the drug affectation in her town, Jumamoy engaged his people into touching the hearts and minds of whom she called as brother drug victims to bring them back to the normal folds of society.
At the packed crowd creeping to the gym rafters and spilling out to the streets in yet to be the most overwhelming statement of derision to drugs and its effects to the society in a town, Governor Edgar Chatto officially announced the feat during his keynote address.
Even in the past activities, Inabanga has always garnered the biggest crowds, Chatto pointed out, even as he singularly cited the uniform which barangay officials wore for the event.
During the first out of Tagbilaran launch of the anti-drug drive, the governor reminded everyone that President Rodrigo Duterte did not just ask everyone to fight against drugs.
"The president did not ask, but commanded everyone to vehemently fight against drugs for the good of the country's future," Chatto remarked to the attendees who packed to the gymnasium's rafters.
Chatto, whose leadership has been accused incessantly of protecting drugs, has taken a fresh mandate despite the damaging allegations from his political opposition.
Crafting a community based approach in solving the drug problem, Chatto has led the Provincial peace and Order Council to put up its Joint Task Force Dagon as a potent anti drug and anti crime multi-sectoral group.
At this, the Department of Interior and Local Government also propped with Masa Masid, a system which would deny the entry of drugs in communities as long as the community is vigilant.
At the same event, Mayor Jumamoy, joined by her local officials took their oaths of joining the cause against drugs and its proliferation.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also came in with its Cebu and Bohol PDEA officials and the local police led by PSSupt Felipe Natividad and Camp Dagohoy top officials, Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Louisella Lucino, church officials, congressman Erico Aumentado's representative and students also in during the launching occasion.
After the launch, police authorities in Inabanga expect a widened and strengthened information network that could virtually put on an effective lock down in communities denying the entry and the smuggling out of drugs and dangerous substances. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)