ANGELES CITY- More than a thousand troop the Angeles City Hall grounds on December 8, Friday, to participate in the annual Pulayan Tagalan Kontra Droga (PTKD).
The event, spearheaded by the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ACADAC) and the Angeles City Sports Office (ACSO), is in line with the immense information and awareness drive of the city against illegal drugs use and its harmful effects to the society.
ACADAC Chief Annaliza Suller said that the fun run also aims to stimulate people participation among various community stakeholders and civil society, especially the youth
“Education and awareness formation [about illegal drugs] should really start from home, from the family. We at the city government, under the leadership of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, are mandated to intensify this campaign and we need the support of our people to attain success,” Suller said.
The fun run, which is on its 5th edition, was participated by the Philippine Airforce, the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), city government employees, barangay leaders and officials, and representatives from the youth and student organizations, women and athletic groups, and urban poor.
The awareness-run was divided into three categories: 3-kilometer run, 5-kilometer run and 10-kilometer run. Most participants come from the youth sector.
Barangay Salapungan which is one of the first villages in Central Luzon to be declared drug-clear by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), also joined the PTKD.
“We are elated to see that most participants come from the youth sector. With the sustained conduct of such awareness drive, we are building a drug-free society and a healthy community for the new generation,” expressed Salapungan village chief Reynaldo Malig.
For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the participation of the community to the fun run is a manifestation of support and oneness to the city’s comprehensive anti-drug campaign.
“Long before President Rodrigo Duterte declared his war on drugs, the city has already started its massive drive in eradicating illegal drugs which instigated harm and caused various societal dilemma such as crimes and the like,” Pamintuan said.
“We have been keen and consistent in doing our very best in this warfare against illegal drugs and we vow to continue this to continuously raise the bar of awareness among our people. We are not just educating them with this [fun run] but more importantly, we are protecting their lives, their rights, and their future,” the Mayor added.
The PTKD is the culmination of the city’s celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week.
Consistent anti-drug campaign
As a testament to the consistent anti-drug campaign program of Angeles City, numerous awards were conferred to the local government by various regional and national government agencies.
In 2012 and 2013, the PDEA hailed the city as the Best Anti-Drug Abuse Council in the Philippines for its comprehensive drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation program.
The Angeles City Local Government was awarded anew in 2014 by PDEA for having the Most Active Anti-Drug Abuse Council in Central Luzon.
Also in 2014, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) bestowed to the city the performance-based Outstanding Achievement Award for its commendable anti-drug program and leadership.
In the year 2015, the city received an award again from PDEA for having the Most Active Anti-Drug Abuse Council in the whole country.
The Philippine National Police also conferred an award citing the city as the Most Active Program Partner on Drug Reformation of Drug Surrenderees in 2016.
“Our achievements speak of what the present situation of the city really is. We have been leading this meaningful, timely, and very important cause and we will not allow anyone to hinder this,” Pamintuan said.
“These awards reflect of how we drive and protect our beloved city towards a better, safer, and drug-free community for our people and the generations to come,” Pamintuan added.
Aside from the staging of the PTKD, the city through ACADAC holds the annual Anti-Drug March and Rally. With participants counting tens of thousands, the rally is tagged as the biggest multi-sectoral movement against drugs in the region, if not the whole Philippines.