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Published March 14, 2022, 3:08 PM
by Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) launched on Monday, March 14, what it described as an endgame strategy against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said the Campaign Plan Double-Barrel Finale Version 2022 will focus more on the rehabilitation and reintegration of more than one million drug users who surrendered to the government at the height of the illegal drugs campaign in 2017 and 2017. Most of them were forced to surrender due to the series of deaths of suspected drug pushers and users across the country.
“We would like to have the endgame strategy for this administration by completing the double barrel that we started in 2016. This is a commitment of the Philippine National Police that thru reinforcement, rehabilitation, recovery and wellness and reintegration of the more than 1.2 million that surrendered,” said Carlos.
“We will go back to the streets now that we enter the new normal and the environment allows us to reach out again to the victims of these illegal drugs. We will continue that by reducing the supply as our law enforcement functions together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency,” he added.
The new strategy was part of the program conceptualized by retired Police Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag who have been aggressively pushing then for a comprehensive approach in dealing with illegal drugs problems in the country.
Carlos recognized BInag in his speech during the launching of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation through Reinforcement & Education or ADORE on Monday at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
The program is in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
The activity was graced by DOH Sec. Francisco T Duque III who committed alll-out support to the program.
“The DOH believes that substance use and abuse is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Treating this condition requires a holistic approach through whole of government, whole of society, whole of system approach. There is a need to ensure that individuals suffering from this condition receive sufficient support from the national down to the community level,” said Duque in his speech.
He added that they also launched Substance Abuse Helpline 1-5-5-0 to give access to information and timely assistance for substance use and abuse related problems, and that many will be empowered to make healthier choices.
“The department hopes that through the launch of Oplan Double barrel Finale 2022-Anti-illegal Drug Operations through Reinforcement and Education, Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils would be strengthened to help eradicate drug dependency of PWUDs and help them recover from this condition,” said Duque.
ADORE is anchored on a holistic approach highlighted by reinforcement and education-based strategy, in support of the PDEA and local government units and in close coordination with other law enforcement agencies, national government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders utilizing the 8Es implementation track of the infinity loop of the double-barrel to eradicate proliferation of illegal drugs in the community.
The ADORE’s 8Es are Engineering the Structure, Education, Extraction of Information, Enforcement, Enactment of Laws, Environment, Economics, Evaluation.
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