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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


DOH-Caraga recognizes best performing LGUs

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 29 (PIA) - The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga awarded local government units (LGUs) in Caraga region that shared and worked hard in the delivery of basic health services and implementation of health programs.

The province of Surigao del Norte was recognized as the best performing province in the region and received a plaque, a monetary reward worth P100,000 and a mobile tablet.

The province of Agusan del Sur came in second, Agusan del Norte was third while the province of Surigao del Sur came in fourth, followed by Dinagat Islands where all received a certificate of recognition.

Meanwhile, Tubod in Surigao del Norte emerged as the best performing municipality enabling them to get a plaque and a check worth P50,000. Cabadbaran City was also declared as the best performing city obtaining a plaque and P75,000 check reward.

DOH-CHD Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr. lauded and appreciated these LGUs for their genuine commitment in the performance of duties in the communities and for forging strategies for local health systems.

“We sincerely thank you for your efforts and we exhort you to continue doing the same function as health implementers. We can assure that we will journey together with the DOH in the attainment of the objective of making quality health services possible,” said Llacuna.

Llacuna added that the awards and recognition are given in order to leverage LGU participation in achieving universal health care.

Dr. Arlene Felizarta, provincial health officer and assistant provincial administrator for health services and hospital concerns of Surigao del Norte said that the advocacy and health care initiatives shall continue in their province so that more people will benefit from it.

“We will unceasingly work and continue with what has been started and will really consider the integral components of this LGU scorecard as our basis and guide for whatever improvements we intend to make,” Felizarta said. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PDEA-Caraga declares Dinagat Islands as drug-free province

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 29 (PIA) - After the conduct of thorough assessment and validation by members of the provincial oversight committee on barangay drug-clearing program, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) - Caraga has declared the Dinagat Islands as the first drug-free province in Caraga region.

According to PDEA-Caraga regional director Aileen Lovitos, the province, consisting of seven municipalities and 100 barangays was found to be compliant with the parameters set forth in declaring a drug-free area.

Lovitos clarified that based on the parameters set by the dangerous drug board, the barangays can be declared as drug-free for the non-availability of drug supply; absence of a drug den, pusher and user; and absence of clandestine drug laboratory and chemical warehouse or marijuana cultivation site.

Lovitos further said that the local government units must have an existing anti-drug campaign programs; community-based rehabilitation center; and education awareness program as part of the requisite to be recognized as a drug-free community.

“The declaration of a certain area as drug-cleared does not mean that we have to stop from there. The monitoring and campaign against illegal drugs should continue because if there is resurgence, if there are those who would be into illegal drugs again, and if there is non-compliance to the drug-clearing protocols, then these will be the determining factors of drug infestation recurrence in the barangay,” Lovitos added.

In 2018, the town of Tubod in Surigao del Norte has been declared as drug-cleared municipality while the ceremonial declaration is also set this year for the province of Surigao del Sur as the second drug-free province in Caraga.

PDEA-Caraga is continuously monitoring and validating the personalities included in the watch list. And if confirmed to have been involved in the illegal drug activities, an anti-illegal drug operation will be done to apprehend them.

At present, PDEA-Caraga is intensifying its campaign against illegal drugs and even increasing the manpower resource with its ongoing recruitment of drug enforcement officers.

Lovitos gladly announced also during the recent conduct of 4th Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs Coordinating Group (RICG) Meeting that PDEA-Caraga, with the support of its partner stakeholders, has topped in the entire country in terms of barangay drug clearing program implementation wherein over 600 barangays have already been declared as drug-cleared. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)