In Compliance to the Provincial Memorandum Circular No. 2018-02 directing the Attendance to Barangay-Based Symposium on Anti-illegal Drugs, the Local Government Unit of San Jose under the administration of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez thru the Local Government Operations Office (LGOO) headed by Mrs. Angeline E. Priolo and the Philippine National Police (PNP)-San Jose Municipal Police Station led by PSI Romeo T. Ranara simultaneously conducted the Barangay-Based Symposium on Anti-Illegal Drugs and Community Anti-Terrorism Awareness Seminar on January 17, 2018 at Favorito’s Function Hall, Goa, Camarines Sur.

This activity aims to heighten awareness on the current situation of illegal drugs in the country and in the respective localities and to present the unified campaign of the government to fight illegal drugs.

SPO3 Junar M. Rodriguez discussed the topic on Drug Abuse Prevention at Home, Schools and Community specifically the Definition of Drugs; How the Drugs Work; Dangers of Drugs; The Meaning of Drug Abuse; Types of Drugs (which is classified to Alcohol, Cocain, Marijuana and Heroin); Facts about Drugs; Effects of Drug Use; Signs of Drug Abuse; How to Refuse Drugs; Effects of Marijuana Use; Effects of Drug Use to Brain; How the Drug Abuse Treatment can work; and What are Anti-Drugs. He also had another topic discussed pointing to the Role of the Community in Drug Abuse Prevention wherein he talked over the Robert Peel’s Principle of Policing; Community Policing; 8 P’s of Community Policing; and the Critical Social Theory.

DILG-Cluster Head, Mrs. Ma. Teresa D. Olos had spoken that everyone should help to see to it that Local Government has safe governance. She hopes that the participants would still support the next activities of the DILG.

The topic on How to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism was presented by PSI Romeo T. Ranara which aimed to: Understand the Islamic Faith; Discuss the Muslim-Filipino History; Discuss the Horrors of Terrorism; Understand the Significant Role of the Community in the Fight against Terrorism; Discuss the need to be observant and alert of Suspected Terrorists and their Activities; Identify What/When/How to Report and to Whom. PSI Ranara left a principle to the participants saying, “Peace and Order is Everybody’s Concern.”

Mrs. Ayn Loureste P. Peteza, RN discussed the last topic on the Ill Effects of Illegal Drugs on the Family particularly Understanding Addiction; Factors that Contribute to the Personality of a Drug Abuser and Addiction as a Brain Disease.
As the LGOO, Mrs. Priolo said that each should be vigilant to the environment not letting suspicious activities enter into the community. She also appealed to be all partners of change.

A total of one hundred twenty (120) participants from the barangays of Bahay; Calawit; Camagong; Del Carmen; Dolo; Ponglon; Kinalansan; Sta. Cruz; San Vicente; and Telegrafo attended the said seminars which are considered as the priority barangays for Drug Clearing Operations according to Mrs. Olos.