Drug-free homes in Bohol to get stickers on Dec. 30

The drug-free sticker posting activity in houses all over Bohol will be simultaneously launched on December 30, following the approval of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the ordinance on Thursday.

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 in households.

On December 21, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) approved the IRR of the ordinance giving thegreen light for governments to post stickers on homes signifying the household does not have any person with substance abuse disorder (PSUD).

Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chattoannounced the simultaneous launching of the sticker posting activity on Friday during the Kita ug ang Gobernador weekly media forum at the People’s Mansion.

Chatto said the stickers are already in the station commanders of the various police stations. However, the activity is yet to be launched, and a simultaneous activity will happen on December 30.

The governor reiterated the responsibility of ridding of drugs does not rest alone on the government leaders. Head of families has their responsibility in keeping their households drug free.

The stickers are a means of positive reinforcement and voluntary on the part of the household owners.

The governor likened the stickers as a badge of honor. Households will make an effort to have the badge not necessarily discrediting the family nor violating any human rights.

DRAWING FLAK

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.

REACHING OUT

The provincial government connected with Barangay Health Workers (BWH) a few weeks ago to make sure they are on the same page in the implementation of the sticker posting activity.

The sticker posting component of the CBRP-WoW has undergone a rigorous consultation that went to the level of the barangays, said the governor.

The mechanics of the posting of stickers will be close monitoring with the help of the police stations with the cooperation of the household head or the acknowledged head of the family.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) has made some consultations and even reached out to the barangay assemblies.

To ensure the smooth implementation of the program, the program has been extensively reviewed by several key layers in government. Having different layers taking a look at the program eliminates the potential for controversy.

During last Thursday’s Special Action Council of the PPOC, the police, the military, the DILG, the Social Economic and Environmental Management (SEEM) cluster at the Capitol, the technical working group of the CBRP-WoW, with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) gave their seal of approval.

This is on top of the approval obtained from various town mayors, barangay captains, barangay assemblies.

THE GOAL

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 refusing to get help, they are not contributing to the effort to solve 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. (Dave Albarado)

 

 

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