With the current administration’s War on Drugs effort still ongoing, students and teachers gathered at the Pakighinabi Room of the third Floor Ricci Hall to discuss insights and share opinions regarding the said topic and its future implications on the nation last Sept. 23, 2016.
Issues and vital pieces of information were brought out about during the forum. Examples of which are the four different types of drug users, the experimenters, occasional, heavy and dependent users. The two types of treatment were elaborated too, the Institutional treatment for the heavy and dependent users and the new Community based treatment facility that is to be used in the near future.
Students also criticized the past administrations’ incompetency and apparent lack of effort to curb the rising drug trade which was now exposed and included some of the high-profile personalities. The insufficiency of rehabilitation centers here in the country were also pointed out during the session, citing that there were only 50 available centers which composed mostly of private and costly ones that the poor simply cannot afford.
Present at the forum to discuss the said matters were the Chair for Social Work Department Melba Manapol, Executive Secretary for the University Community and Engagement Policy Atty. Arnold Abejaron, University Registrar Atty. Edgar Pascua II and SAMAHAN Central Board (SCB) moderator Lunar Tan Fayloga. Each one added their own takes on how to solve the problems and exchanged ideas with the students.
“War on Drugs cannot be won solely by catching the crooks because there will always be crooks, we solve it by solving the economic problem of those who resort to drug trade due to the lack of other ways to support their families,” Pascua said.
Fayloga also added that supporting the war against drugs does not automatically conclude being agreeable to the extrajudicial killings as the war against drugs should be about the protection of life.
Yet, students expressed that there was still hope, Third year Accounting Technology representative Gennard Angeles is one of those students.
“Seeing the how the drug trade in our country has flourished over the past few years, the results of this war will be very crucial to this country. For it to be successful, it is imperative that the current administration find a solution to help the dysfunctional families that this drug war continues to affect.
“In my opinion, the result of this administration war on drugs relies on the commitment each citizen puts into it. I am positive that this war will be won in the near future,” he said.
The said forum lasted for two hours and was organized by the Office of the Buklod ambassador.