We launched a multi-sectoral Anti-Illegal Drug Summit for the purpose of further intensifying our programs against illegal drugs by empowering the grassroots, and revitalizing our Operation Second Chance Program and the Sugbo Kontra Droga (Sukod) Program of the Province of #Cebu.
With close to 2,000 Drug surrenderees in Liloan, we recognize that addressing the pervasive menace of illegal drugs requires enhanced cooperation between all sectors towards effective law enforcement and prosecution on one hand, and community rehabilitation on the other.
As we take a grassroots approach to stamping out illegal drugs, we have incentivized participation and compliance with our anti-illegal drug programs by giving due recognition and financial rewards.
At LILOAN LEADS, we awarded the Best Performing Barangays and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils, as well as drug surrenderees, schools, and students. Graduates of our Operation Second Chance had the opportunity to participate in various contests to showcase their talents.
Of special significance to me was this one young man from Poblacion who won one of our contests. I first met him on my first day in Office last year. He was only 16 years old then and was already involved in drugs. He surrendered and joined our Operation Second Chance Program. He has gone through counseling, rendered community service, and has graduated from our training on Electrical Installation armed with opportunities for gainful livelihood.
Since the start of my administration, we have manifested our full support for President Rodrigo Duterte's stance against illegal drugs. We continue in our efforts hand-in-hand with our community partners.
I thank our LILOAN LEADS Focal Team for their hard work, PNP Provincial Director Edgar Alan Okubo and PDEA Deputy Regional Director Atty. Analyn Hernandez for their words of guidance and support, and all our Municipal and Barangay Officials, and all stakeholders for heeding our call to unite to stamp out illegal drugs for a safe, peaceful, and progressive #Liloan!