Tagum hosts Asian Drug Conference

TAGUM CITY—Localized efforts and best practices from different places in Asia on battling illegal drugs were highlighted in the first-ever Asian Conference on Dangerous Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery Program last April 17-18, 2018.

International Youth Fellowship (IYF) leaders, government officials, law enforcers, leaders of Asian Drug Enforcement Agencies, foreign and local individuals shared ways of international cooperation and solution for the drug-related problems that are present all over the world.

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon shared his brainchild community-based drug rehabilitation program dubbed as Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw ng Droga (STAND) before the delegates.

The Likay Droga Program—a drug abuse prevention and awareness program mainly focused on the youth— was also presented by Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City. Government agencies such the Department of Health, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Regional Trial Court and the IYF also shared their actions on the “drug war.”

“As it has been with any community endeavors, the problem on illegal drugs cannot be solved overnight.  But we are slowly making progress. I am confident that in due time, we shall emerge victorious,” said Mayor Rellon as he discussed the STAND Program.

Experts from Japan, Vietnam, and Korea also impart the best practices of their government in the fight against drugs.

With the theme “Mind Education: New approach to drug war,” the 1st Asian Conference aims to discuss the effectiveness of operational programs of the Philippines in drug-related issues with the intervention of Mind Education that will help school-based and community-based prevention and rehabilitation network of services in respective localities and agencies.

Meanwhile, a seminar was also conducted at the New City Hall atrium participated by the Tagumenyo Ayaw ng Droga (an endearment for the surrenderees) last April 19, 2018 to promote Mind Education program as an avenue in strengthening the existing programs regarding “War on Drugs”.

The said conference and seminar was organized by the International Youth Fellowship in partnership with the City Government of Tagum.  Alexis Rafael Delola/CIO Tagum

 

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon discussed his brainchild program on community-based rehabilitation program dubbed as STAND (Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw Ng Droga) Program during the conduct of the 1st Asian Conference on Dangerous Drug Prevention and Recovery Program hosted by the City of Tagum. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum

 

A resource speaker from Vietnam was one of the panelists during the 1st Asian Conference on Dangerous Drug Prevention and Recovery Program hosted by the City of Tagum. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum

 

Voluntary drug surrenderees listen to Mayor Allan L. Rellon during the mind education seminar conducted by the International Youth Fellowship at the City Hall Atrium. The seminar is one of the ancillary events of the st Asian Conference on Dangerous Drug Prevention and Recovery Program hosted by the City of Tagum. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum

 

Rev. Ock Soo Park, the founder of the International Youth Fellowship, engages with the participants to the 1st Asian Conference on Dangerous Drug Prevention and Recovery Program hosted by the City of Tagum. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum