WITH President Duterte in Malacañang, the government is keen on slaying the dreaded “drug monster,” acknowledged as one of the country’s top enemies, which continues to victimize the people.
Thus, Filipinos should welcome the plans of the Philippines and the United States to begin drug demand reduction programs under the existing Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.
In fact, the two nations have signed the amended letter of agreement committing more than P102 million in additional funding from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed the accord as the Philippines intensify its nationwide campaign against illegal drugs.
Various quarters described the signing of the amended letter of agreement as a new step in the US-Philippine partnership.
It is important to emphasize that the P102 million will support Philippine initiatives to develop highly-effective drug reduction programs focused on public health and community-based interventions.
The US and PH are mandated to collaborate on areas ranging from treatment and prevention to policy development to support comprehensive public health programs aimed at reducing the demand for drugs.
They share concerns about the dangers posed by substance abuse disorder and the latest collaboration reflects a mutual interest in improving efforts to limit the ill effects of illicit drugs.
Nobody knows how long the “drug monster” will terrorize the Filipino people, particularly the youngsters who now comprise the bulk of the country’s more than 100 million population.
Pero ang mahalaga ay determinado si Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte na tuldukan ang problemang ito sa tulong ng taumbayan at mga kaibigan natin sa labas ng bansa.