A total of 120 delegates representing 19 local government units in the Philippines attended the National Conference of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions organized recently by the United States Embassy in Manila.
International experts shared knowledge in developing strategies to reduce demand for illegal drugs in the Philippines.
There were sessions on conducting community assessments and developing sustainable and comprehensive strategies for anti-drug abuse coalition activities.
Two certified youth trainers led sessions for 60 youth leaders on countering the stigma associated with drug use, promoting mental health, and strengthening youth engagement in anti-drug abuse coalitions.
Ten local chief executives were cited for grassroots efforts in strengthening multisectoral cooperation to address illegal drugs and in allocating financial support for council programs in their communities.
These officials are Angono Municipal Vice Mayor Gerardo Calderon, Calamba City Vice Mayor Angelito Lazaro, Jr., Cavite City Mayor Denver Chua, Muntinlupa City Mayor Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Tanay Municipal Mayor Rafael Tanjuatco, Barangay Caticlan Chairman Ralf Tolosa, Aklan Governor Jose Enrique Miraflores, Barangay Poblacion chair Benhur Cruz, Makati City Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay, and Quezon City Mayor Maria Josefina Belmonte.
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