Community Anti-Drug Coalitions in Philippines
Establishment of drug-free communities requires tremendous effort, sufficient funds, mutual cooperation and coordination. Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is an organization implementing the best practices of community development as it focuses on drug prevention and works tirelessly building the drug-free society. Drug abuse is a widespread and burning problem all over the world, therefore it becomes crucial to constantly involve more countries to fight against drugs.
The CADCA organization’s senior officials, namely Dr. Eduardo Hernadez and Dr. Evelyn Yang; Mr. Tay Bian How and Ms. Gulmira Suleymanova from Colombo Plan ACCE; and the INL Representative, Mr. Greg Stanton, conducted a tailoring visit to several sites in the Philippines from March 19 to 23, 2012. Agencies visited included Community Chest Foundation, Dangerous Drugs Board, Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council, Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), Kapatiran Komunidad People’s Coalition office, Muntinlupa Drug Abuse Prevention Office, Seagulls Flight Foundation office, Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council in Quezon city (Barangay Batasan Hills) and Marikina Anti-Drug Abuse Council. The main purpose of the visit was to identify relevant communities to initiate and pilot community anti-drug coalitions based on their active leadership, structure, readiness and on-going prevention activities.
Strong support from the Government is crucial to successfully fight the drug problem. Hence, the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) in the Philippines takes a leading role in mounting active measures to fight against drugs. Moreover, the DDB cooperates with anti-drug abuse councils in the Philippines through joint meetings that are held every month to discuss current activities, achievements and problems in the prevention and control of drug addiction in the communities.
The Colombo Plan wishes to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the DDB for the elaborate arrangements during the tailoring visit and INL for funding this initiative.