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Outstanding LGUs, police stations in drug fight honored

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By Kier Edison C. Belleza

Cebu City – The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office’s (CPADAO) Sugbo Kontra Droga (SUKOD) program has recognized this year two local government units (LGUs) and two police stations for outstanding performance in the fight against illegal drugs.

Naga City was proclaimed grand champion in the city level and Liloan town in the municipal level, for having the best performing anti-drug abuse councils (ADAC).

Liloan also won last year’s award in the municipal level.

The Bogo City Police Station was named best performing police station, while the Consolacion town police took first place in the municipal level, its second in two years.

CPADAO head Carmen Meca said that while SUKOD has accomplished a lot in the past years, there is still a lot of work to be done and the LGUs need to do more in fighting the drug menace.

Under SUKOD, the provincial government evaluates and monitors the performance of LGUs using a performance scorecard system and criteria developed by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Education, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and CPADAO.

Aside from the community-based drug prevention criteria, SUKOD assesses the local government’s ADAC organization and functionality, purok system, participation of school, legislative measures, social economics, and performance of the PNP.

In her keynote address during the awarding ceremony, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale described SUKOD as a “game-changer” in the recent evaluations of LGUs.

The provincial government also gave out the Most Child-Friendly LGU award.

The search, led by the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children, recognizes the vital role of LGUs in promoting and protecting children’s right to survival, development, protection, and participation.

It also recognizes an LGU’s efforts in creating an environment conducive to children’s development.

Talisay City won in the city category, while winners for the municipalities per class were: Dalaguete (1st to 2nd class), Oslob (3rd to 4th class) and Pilar in Camotes Island (5th class). Barangay Esperanza, in Poro town, Camotes Island won in the barangay level.

Winners in the city and municipal level won P100,000, while the winner in the barangay level received P50,000.

During the awarding ceremony, the winners for the Provincial Competitiveness Challenge by the Cebu Investment and Promotions Office and the Our Cebu program were announced.

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