MERGE DILG-Bacolod OIC-director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, City Administrator John Orola, DDB executive director Earl Saavedra, Rep. Greg Gasataya, Secretary Catalino Cuy, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, BCPO-OIC Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo and PDEA 6 regional director Emerson Margate (l-r) at the groundbreaking for the P35 million Bacolod City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Brgy. Alijis, yesterday.*

P35M rehab center
to boost drug fight

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the establishment the P35 million Bacolod City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, is a recognition of the city’s contribution to the campaign against illegal drugs.

“This is a validation that we are working together with the Dangerous Drugs Board in the fight against the illegal substance, “Leonardia said during the ground breaking of the facility led by Secretary Catalino Cuy, chairman of the DDB.

Cuy turned over a check for P10 million to Leonardia to start the construction of the first government-ran drug rehabilitation center in the province, after the signing of a memorandum of agreement for its establishment. moremoremore

DDB: Law needs to be amended

Secretary Catalino Cuy, chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board, said there is a need for the 16-year-old law on illegal drugs to be amended to keep pace with the evolving nature of the drugs problem in the Philippines.

Cuy was in Bacolod City yesterday for the groundbreaking of the P35-million Bacolod City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Alijis in the city.

Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 has provisions that should be amended like the classification of substances since the law was signed 16 years ago and there have already been so many changes and new substances that have came out, Cuy said. moremoremore


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NegOcc allots P100M in projects
for farmers, fisherfolk: Javellana

The Negros Occidental provincial government is allocating close to P100 million worth of projects for Negrense farmers and fisherfolk this year.

This was announced by Board Member Victor Javellana yesterday, in his speech during the 2nd Food Production Heroes Assembly at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

Javellana enumerated the projects they have prepared for the farmers and fishermen this year, highlighted by the P28 million irrigation developments in nine towns of Neg. Occ., allocation of P14.6 million for insurance, and P25 million for farm mechanization projects.