CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 14 (PIA) – “Have we really gained true freedom?”
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Barangay Affairs Roosque Calacat posed such question and shared the challenges the present government is fighting, to attain true freedom during his keynote speech in the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration of the province of Misamis Oriental on June 12.
He said the situation is different now.
The program of President Rodrigo Duterte to attain the meaning of freedom in his presidency is in three forms: anti-corruption, anti-criminality and anti-illegal drugs.
According to him, the President has already removed so many from government service because of corruption and has also intensified police force for anti-criminality.
In the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, Calacat shared that based on statistics, 49 percent of barangays are in drugs and 40 percent of the officials of barangays are into drugs in different capacities.
“If that is left unchecked, what will happen?” he asked.
He named three kinds of drug-affected individuals classified in Tokhang by the PNP.
He said they include severe: where the brain is totally damaged; moderately affected, those who cannot live without drugs; and slightly affected, just recently started.
He explained that of the total tokhang drug surrenders, a total of 1.5M youth, 10 percent were moderately affected, 1 percent totally damaged and 90 percent can still be brought to drug centers for rehabilitation.
Most of these were usually 15-32 years old.
“That is why,” he said, “the community-based rehabilitation program is very important.”
Barangays will put in place programs for these drug affected youth and will have the ownership of the program. Through this, drugs will not enter their barangay and youth will be protected.
One of the freedom people have to seek for, he said, is freedom of one’s self from the clutches of foreign powers.
He added, “We have introduced the concept of Federalism. There are three areas in the country that get 62 percent of national wealth: NCR, Calabarzon and region 3. The rest divide what is left.”
There is so much to be done, he said. Now, there is also this violent extremism. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) programs are made underway, to keep track of how things are happening in the future.
These key points are being prioritized by the president for Filipinos to conquer true freedom. (JMOR/PIA10)
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