Guv approves legislators’ study tour in NY-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III approved the seven-day study-tour program on drug rehabilitation in New York, USA for 10 Cebu legislators.
The program, which will be held on Nov. 10 to Nov. 16, is on “therapeutic community workshop” on drug rehabilitation.
The Province will spend for the board members’ seminar fee, which is $1,500 for each participant, and round-trip ticket, according to the invitation records.
Davide yesterday said he already issued authority to travel to PB Members Peter Calderon, Jude Sybico, Julian Daan, Raul Alcoseba, Grecilda Sanchez, Joven Mondigo, Sun Shimura, Miguel Magpale, Arleigh Sitoy and Wilyamie Caminero.
“You are authorized to charge all expenses for travel and room accommodations and such other expenses relative thereto against the available funds of your respective offices, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations,” read Davide’s letter.
Davide said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is yet to approve the travel applications and documents of the Cebu legislators.
Last week, the PB passed a resolution, authored by PB Member Gigi Sanchez, encouraging elected officials to attend the study tour, which aims to educate public officials on the science of addiction, its prevention and treatment, and how rehabilitation centers should be run.
The invitation came from Frederick Loke, assistant vice president of Daytop International Inc., to the Provincial Board.
Loke said Daytop is contracted by the US State Department to provide international training and consultation on treatment, approaches and best practices.
Daytop village is one of the oldest drug treatment service providers in the US. It was founded by Monsignor William O’Brien in 1963, said Loke.
It had grown to become a major national organization helping addicted individuals. It received a consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations(Ecosoc) in 1991.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.