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Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo

boosts spirit of volunteerism

By and Rizalie Anding Calibo

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SIQUIJOR, Apr. 14 (PIA)--"Kabataang Bagani, Bagong Bayani."

This is the theme the Philippine National Police (PNP) picked as they launched Saturday
the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) at the Capital Square, Siquijor, Siquijor
where over 200 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders and members from Siquijor's six
municipalities participated.

The theme aptly calls for young warriors (kabataang bagani) to become new heroes
(bagong bayani) as it aims to strengthen the bond between the police and the youth in
the country's renewed fight against illegal drugs and terrorism.

Together with the different government agencies such as the Department of Interior
and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the
Philippine Information Agency, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), the launching started with a Fun Walk along Siquijor Boulevard
leading to the Capital Square where the program kicked off with the launching "Itug-an
ni PD"

Itug-an ni PD, (Tell/Report to the Provincial Director) is another project of the Siquijor
Police Provincial Office (SPPO) that also encourages the community to report or tell to
the Provincial Director the negative and positive issues concerning police in the
Siquijor Police
Provincial Director PCol Angela Q. Rejano instills in the youth the importance of
volunteerism and active participation in the government's fight against illegal
drugs and terrorism at the launching of the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo
(KKDAT) at the Siquijor Capital Square recently. (PIA/Siquijor)
KKDAT is part of the PNP’s proactive response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s drive to
cleanse the country from illegal drugs and terrorism that reportedly infiltrated student
organizations, shared Provincial Director PCol. Angela Q. Rejano.

It was first implemented in Region 11 as the region’s best practice in combating terrorism
and illegal drugs with the aim of organizing a youth movement and enflaming in them
the spirit of volunteerism.

With the current administration’s intensified campaign to suppress insurgency, terrorism

and illegal drugs, the PNP, through the Police Community Affairs and Development
Group, proposed to make KKDAT a nationwide movement by way of establishing
collaborative partnerships with institutional partners and stakeholders to dissuade the
youths from falling victims of illegal drugs and terrorism,” Rejano said.

It is seen as a tool to report the irregularities in the society that is why PNP is encouraging
every one in the community, particularly the youth, to join the campaign.
She cited the thousands of drug users and pushers having surrendered and reportedly
minors/children submitting themselves to the authority of their involvement to illegal

According to the PNP’s Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC), a total of 20,584
minors all over the country gave themselves to the local police between July to August
2016, roughly two months after Pres. Duterte assumed presidency.

The Siquijor
police headed by PCol. Angela Rejano, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders headed
by Siquijor SK Provincial Federation President, Region VII Youth For Peace Vice
President and Deputy Secretary General of National Youth Parliament Brylle
Deeiah D. Tumarong with the Department of the Interior and Local Government
(DILG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine
Information Agency (PIA) as partner agencies in the Kontra Droga at Terorismo
(KKDAT) advocacy. (PIA/Siquijor)
Out of this number, 93.35% admitted using illegal drugs, 1.33% surrendered as drug
pushers, while 0.32% served as drug couriers.

This was just the number of children surrenderees, this did not include the number of
children who were nabbed during the anti-illegal drug operations, Rejano noted.
She said concerns on the number of children being nabbed or rescued from the drug
menace continue to wrack the country even up to now while news of children being
hooked on drugs or used as couriers to peddle them persist.

This pushed the government to think about amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare
Act by lowering the age or criminal liability to 12 years, Rejano added.

She also said reports about the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army
(CPP-NPA) infiltrating some student organizations and recruiting students as combatants
are also raising concerns.

She said some student organizations serving as leftist fronts are intentionally igniting the
youths’ rebelious spirit by agitating them with idealism against the government and
encouraging them to join rallies and political protests.

Some are said to encourage students to join off-campus activities such as social
immersions and humanitarian missions in communist infested areas only to be
brainwashed and taken in as combatants.

Siquijor SK
Provincial Federation President, Region VII Youth For Peace Vice President
and Deputy Secretary General of National Youth Parliament Brylle Deeiah D.
Tumarong (2nd from left) leading the over 200 youths in the Kabataan Kontra
Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) fun walk and launching in the province.
“The saddest part in this juvenile situation is that most parents are unaware about what is
happening to their children while they are at school or out on the streets,” she shared.

The best way we can do is to educate them about the ill-effects of these evil acts and
equip them with correct information and proper guidance, which Rejano said, is one of
the goals of the KKDAT project. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor)