Having the lowest number of drug-cleared barangays in Western Visayas is nothing to be proud of for Negros Occidental as more work needs to be done, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency report that Negros Occidental has the lowest number of drug-cleared barangays “definitely is not good news, obviously there is so much to be done”, Lacson said.
“We need to find ways to improve,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lacson and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza are hoping the appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs will be a boost to the campaign against illegal drugs.
Lacson said he hopes the tandem of President Rodrigo Duterte and Robredo will bring more success in the war against illegal drugs because it will be for the benefit of everybody,
“If the war against illegal drugs succeeds it will only mean a safer place for all of us, it will mean we will have a healthier population. I really wish that this tandem can really work together,” he said.
“Let’s all pray for that, let’s not be negative about the proposal of the president. I’m sure the president thought about it well before he made the offer and now that it’s is accepted we should all wish them well to really make a difference in the war against illegal drugs,” he said.
Alminaza said Robredo “deserves our support if she can help in any way to lessen our drug problem. It takes courage to take this risk.”
The Church in the Diocese of San Carlos is doing the same in partnership with LGUs, he said.
As Robredo said, one life saved from drugs is worth the effort, the bishop added.*
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