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Erap launches ‘USAD’ campaign against drugs

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The city government of Manila has tapped the local anti-drug abuse council and the barangay to fight the menace of illegal drugs.

The program, titled United Stand Against Drugs (USAD), was launched by Manila mayor Joseph Estrada on Friday.

In his speech, Estrada said fighting illegal drugs should not be a crusade of one group alone.

“Kailangan, lahat ay magkaisa. The City of Manila needs to have all its citizens and partners behind it if the crisis is to be resolved permanently,” he said.

USAD will be led by the City Anti- Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), with the support of its partner agencies that include the Manila Police District, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agenct, Department of Interior and Local Government, among other stakeholders.

The program will utilize four steps to achieve its mission: advocacy and awareness, enforcement, reformation and rehabilitation, and empowerment.