DILG looking forward to Robredo’s fresh ideas, strategies in handling PH drug problem

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Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo delivers a statement to the press in Quezon City, Philippines, 06 November 2019. Robredo announced on 06 November, she would accept President Rodrigo Duterte’s designation of her as the co-chairperson of the country’s Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. (EPA-EFE / ROLEX DELA PENA)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is looking forward to closely working with Vice President Leni Robredo after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to be co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Robredo has the competency and can make a significant contribution in government efforts to reduce public demand for illegal drugs, citing her work with various organizations and sectors over the years.

The DILG, together with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, leads the illegal-drug demand reduction campaign.

“We feel that it is in the area of illegal-drug demand reduction that the Vice President can make a significant contribution,” Malaya said in a statement.

The DILG official also cited the following ICAD objectives, as provided for in Executive Order 15, which they believe could be met by government agencies with the vice president’s help and guidance:

  • Advocacy campaign initiatives against illegal-drugs on the community level;
  • Barangay anti-drug clearing operations;
  • Cleansing the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drugs;
  • Community-based drug rehabilitation program

Malaya said these are some of the functions of the ICAD but they are open to Robredo’s fresh ideas and alternative strategies on how to handle the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

He added that the DILG has directed all its attached agencies to provide the necessary assistance to the Vice President as she takes on her new assignment.

“We are ready to assist the Vice President in her new task. After all, the objective is the same — to eliminate the drug problem in our country,” he said.

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