by Manda Icasiano

Held every 26th day of June, IDADAIT is being observed simultaneously in all member countries of the United Nations as per resolution signed during the UN General Assembly on December 7, 1987 and by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 264. 

DFA’s campaign poster on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT)

In the Philippines,  the official campaign for this celebration is “Kalusugan ay Kayamanan, Droga ay Iwasan” to give emphasis of the theme for this year which is “health”.

Delegates from Angono ADAC during a parade going to Lakeside PArk, Angono, Rizal.

Meanwhile in Angono, Rizal, various NGO’s, students and representatives from the municipal employees joined this year’s celebration of IDADAIT  at the town’s Lakeside Park in Brgy. San Vicente.   Mayor Gerry V. Calderon tasked his secretariat, the KKK Office (Kapayapaan, Katauhan at Kapaligiran)  together with its local Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) coordinator – Angelo San Juan, to form a delegation to be sent at the said event.  Early this morning, Angono ADAC pushed thru with no less than fifty (50) delegates to celebrate & observe the nationwide celebration.

Angono’s campaign for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT)

Students from Raises Academy, Angono public schools, members of the SK Federation led by SK President Mico Calderon, NGOs like Y-C.A.R.E.S. (Youth Coordinating Council for  Reforms, Education and Social Services), and some municipal employees actively participated in the event.

Angono ADAC delegates posing in front of the town’s municipal hall before commencing parade.

Angono ADAC Coorsinator Angelo San Juan presiding over the event at Lakeside Park, Bgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal.

Mark Colis, president of Venus Compound Youth Club, and one of the delegates of ADAC event, reached out to one of the residents who witnessed the parade to solicit donations for the “PISO Laban sa Droga” campaign

Even the commuters thrust their support for the event.

Councilor Bernie Guir gave some inspirational message to the delegates in behalf of the local government of Angono.