So near, yet so far.
The provincial police reported the campaign for drug-free sticker posting in Boholano households nears the halfway point as of February 26, a report released to the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council said.
The Bohol Provincial Police Office is acting provincial director Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga said the police had posted stickers to 46.28 percent of homes in the province.
Geñorga said Corella is the only town thus far to be completely been posted with drug free stickers. All 1,965 home in Corella bear the the stickers. Sikatuna comes in second with 98.71 percent or 1,534 homes with stickers out of 1,550 households.
Maribojoc comes in at third with 95.17 percent compliance as 2,200 homes are with stickers out of 4,849 homes in the town Balilhan town comes in fourth with 91.55 percent compliance with 3,793 homes with stickers out of 4,143 homes.
The province average has been pegged at 46.28 percent or 139,211 households with stickers out of the 300,820 homes.
Still, there is a lotway to go for the stickering activity for homes here.
In a text message to the Tribune, Geñorga said the police are eying to complete the sticking or at least reach 80 percent completion by the end of March.
He said the biggest challenge is the number of police officers engaging in the stickering activity.
There are plenty of households ready and supposed to get their stickers, but there is a lack of manpower to reach the homes especially those in the far-flung areas, the provincial director said.
THE SAGA ON THE STICKERING
Back in Rizal Day, the province launched the stickering program as a way to push families to keep their homes drug-free, in what is considered as the province’s shift into high gear of its relentless war against illegal drugs.
As part of the Community Based Drug Rehabilitation Program Without Walls (CBRP-WoW), a sticker posting program is among the activities as a means of positive reinforcement among households. The stickers will act as a seal of good housekeeping about drug activities at the grassroots level.
Gov. Edgar Chatto likened the stickers as a badge of honor.
Households will make an effort to have the symbol not necessarily discrediting the family nor violating any human rights, Chatto said.
THE PATH OF THE STICKER PROGRAM
The path of the sticker posting program was far from ideal.
During the planning stage of the sticker posting activity, the idea attracted flak from critics, saying such moves may be in violation of human rights.
The provincial government slammed the comments of critics; the activity is meant to shame households.
Similar tirades have also put the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the defensive before as the move urges the drug personalities and their families to come out clean.
Stickers shall be placed on homes with no known drug personalities or users.
The ordinance was passed back in February, but the series of consultations did not end there. Down to the barangay assembly level, the measure was presented to the people for their approval and to make sure there would be no rights that will be trampledupon.
The CHR said the measure has been able to satisfy all legal requisites and the requirements that respect the rights of persons.
“So, the Commission on Human Rights endorsed our full implementation of the CBRP-WoW program including the Seal of Good Housekeeping,” Chatto said.
The Seal of Good Housekeeping is another program against drugs which is seen as a positive reinforcement approach.
The real goal is not to shame the household. The stickers encourage people to seek help to clear the home of drugs.
The stickers are not meant to discredit those with problems. The stickers are voluntary.
The governor said if a household refuses, they also refuse the extension of help to solve the drug problem. He hopes the various household in the province will cooperate in getting the seal of good housekeeping.
The households that refuse to get the stickers are the ones that refuse to solve the problem. In denying getting help, they are not contributing to the effort to address the drug problem that has impacted the province.
Chatto said the people should know what their responsibilities are as citizens of the country and community.
Meanwhile, getting rid the drug problem is a colossal task for the government as President Duterte was quotedsaying during previous pronouncements.
The massive scale of the drug problem made it too difficult to contain the challenge in just a few months.
Government alone is unable to face the specter of fighting drugs alone. Thus, the community’s involvement in the fight against drugs is critical and will be the decisive factor towards victory, officials said. (Dave S. Albarado)