VP Robredo wants to involve private sector in drug war

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Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo met with the private sector on Monday (November 11) days after she officially accepted the appointment of drug czar.

Among the agenda in the closed-door meeting was to promote a health-based and faith-based approach in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

According to Robredo, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed support to the initiative of the Community-Based Drug Rehab Alliance (COBRA) on the matter.

“Secretary Año and USec. Echiverri were both very open to the idea of providing idea for this platform,” Robredo said.

“Kasi andami nang experiences on the ground na pwedeng yung lessons manggaling sa mga advocates and private organizations working (There are a lot of experiences on the ground which could be learned from advocates and private organizations working),” she added.

The Vice President has been vocal in her proposal to involve the private sector in the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) since she accepted the position from President Rodrigo Duterte, despite being a staunch critic of the campaign.

Robredo said the war on drugs is not a government matter but also a community concern as well.

“Ang nangyayari, ang gobyerno may ginagawa, ang private may ginagawa, pero walang masyadong (What’s happening is that the government has its own action plan while the private sector also has its own, but there is no) linkage except in local government unit like Caloocan,“ she explained.

Robredo noted that the campaign would be more effective if there would be a collaboration between the public and the private sectors.

She further stressed that it would be helpful to evaluate and use a basis for the anti-drug campaign scholarly studies especially the updated statistics in relation to problems on illegal drugs. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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