CAMP OLIVAS — The anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” (BIDA) rolled out in Central Luzon on March 5 at the CDC parade grounds, Clark Freeport in Mabalacat City.
The event started around 4 AM with a 5-km Fun Run, Fun Walk and Zumba with participants from the PNP-PRO3, youth sector, partner NGOs and DILG 3.
This was followed by a program with some 6,000 participants from the seven provinces and two cities of Region 3, PNP-PRO3, DILG3, BJMP, BFP, number of partner NGOs, youth sector and barangay officials.
Present in the activity were Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo, Masantol Mayor Jose Antonio Bustos III, Bamban Mayor Alice Guo, DILG 3 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda, DOH3 Director Dr Corazon Flores, Deputy Chief PNP for Administration PLt. Gen. Rhodel O Sermonia, PRO3 Regional Director PBGen Jose S Hidalgo Jr. and Vice President ACCERT- Luzon Dr. Edwin Maniti.
Among the highlights of the program were presentation of BIDA Accomplishments; presentation of graduates from Bahay Pagbabago and ceremonial turn-over of persons who used drugs-surrenderers to DOH; testimonial of former RWP graduate; presentation of drug-cleared barangays and message of support from Lt. Gen. Sermonia and Dr. Maniti.
“We are committed to support the BIDA Program of the DILG thru the different activities we are conducting such as our Project READY (Resistance Education Against Drugs for the Youth), Recovery Wellness Programs and other undertakings related o BIDA program as well as our continuous fight against illegal drugs,” Hidalgo said.