QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government has expressed its gratitude to the Department of the Interior and Local Government for supporting the city council’s anti-drug campaign.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said the DILG’s Regional Peace and Order Council recognized the city government for being one of the best and most effective anti-drug abuse councils in the previous year.
Based on the 2017 performance audit among city and municipality anti-drug abuse councils in the National Capital Region, the agency cited the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council for doing its utmost to combat illegal drugs, and handed Belmonte the award on the 12th Regional Peace and Order Council.
“I thank the people of Quezon City for their support to fight the illegal drugs. QCADAAC has many programs that have been very helpful to our anti-drug campaign,” said Belmonte, who chairs the council.
“We want to build drug-resistant communities – that even if the drugs are already being offered right in front of you, you have the guts to resist them and say no to drugs,” she added.
In November, the city recorded a total of 27,438 drug users who already surrendered, as 5,728 were referred to community-based rehabilitation centers and 3,502 others had already graduated from treatment.
Earlier, Quezon City received the 2017 Apolinario Mabini Local Government Unit of the Year Award for exceptional services rendered to the mass of citizens with disabilities within its jurisdiction in the last two years.
The Apolinario Mabini Awards is a program of the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. (PFRD)
It was named after one of the country’s foremost heroes, Apolinario Mabini, also known as the Sublime Paralytic.
His disability was not a hindrance to his creative genius that provided inspiration to the Philippine Revolution.