“An all-out war against illegal drugs requires a full body operating on a regular basis.”
This was the remark of Provincial Board member Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca as she stood before her colleagues yesterday to seek approval of her ordinance, creating the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADA).
“We warrant the creation of a regular department in the Province of Cebu to address the matter of illegal drugs, considering its benefits to the populace. Moreover, it is legal and within our competence and power to do so,” Meca said.
All nine PB members present in yesterday’s session approved the ordinance.
Meca said the new department will further improve the programs and projects of the province and will be mainstreaming them to crush illegal drugs.
The anti-drug campaign program, recently renamed from ‘Just Say No’ to ‘Sugbo Kontra Droga’, is one of the initiatives led by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC).
Meca is the Executive Director of the CPADAC, an interim anti-drug body of the province, tasked to formulate and implement strategies to reduce the demand of illegal substance.
Despite the creation of the CPADA, Meca said that its frontrunner organization CPADAC would continue to exist as an advisory body of the department.
Asked about when CPADA will hit the ground running, she said the ordinance states that it would be upon the measures’ approval.
Meca, however, clarified that the department still has to wait for the passage of the next supplemental budget from which its funding will come.
“I commend board member Meca for her courage by doing something which at some point becomes life-threatening,” PB member Griselda Sanchez said.
The PB also approved yesterday two other important ordinances, including the province’s P231.6 million supplemental budget and the measure to add two more lawyers at the Provincial Legal Office.