THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has allocated P3.625 million in support to the anti-illegal drug initiatives of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), which is one of the implementers of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Program.
The Provincial Board, during its regular session on August 24, approved the request of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the ratification of the memorandum of agreement between the Provincial Government and Nocppo.
Second district Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., chairman of committee on appropriations, budget, finance, and ways and means, said the P3.625 million will be sourced from the P5 million Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) fund, which forms part of the P90.57 million Supplemental Budget No. 3 approved last July 27.
Escalante said the fund is intended for wellness camp, P1.5 million; community-based drug rehabilitation, P725,000; Philippine National Police’s support to law enforcement, including drug bust and surveillance operations, P500,000; Provincial Anti-Drugs Summit, P500,000; and improvement of camp facilities at the 303rd Infantry Brigade in Murcia, P400,000.
The community-based drug rehabilitation fund will be spent for five batches participating in the outpatient program headed by former third district Board Member Patrick Lacson and Negros Oriental Third Distdrict Representative Arnulfo Teves.
“It will be a fund transfer to the Philippine National Police,” Escalante said.
The remaining P1.375 million is intended for a separate program coursed through various implementers.
Of which, P1 million will be allocated for the operation of Balay Dalangpan in Victorias City through the Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. (NODRF); and the P375,000, for administration support to Padac by the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).
For Balay Dalangpan, the province will have to check whether the fund covers the expenses of drug patients for rehabilitation, Escalante said.