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71_filippineThe community of Cebu, the Philippines, tells us how it has been working for some years to free the city from the scourge of drug trafficking: from cultural and preventive actions to the tracking of smuggling, in collaboration with the institutions.

From the community of Cebu-The Philippines

Cebu is one of the 7107 islands of the Philippines, home to over three million people. The capital has the same name, and is one of the most developed of the country, second only to Manila.

The ideal of brotherhood has come in those lands in the second half of the sixties, and today there is a working and numerous community, typically characterized by the exquisite happiness of the people.

Indeed a community that is active in Cebu to address one of the most dangerous plagues of the city, drug trafficking, and the consequent influence on governance, due to corruption and infiltration of drug lords in political institutions.

Drug use is widespread in our country, and involves an extensive criminal network that takes advantage of poverty and ignorance, to attract young people and unfortunately also children to drug use: we have about 1.8 million drug addicts; of these, only 5,000 are housed in rehabilitation centers, and taking into account that 60% of drug addicts in the country belongs to the category of poor young people, we may soon conclude that most of them are abandoned to their fate.

That is why, some years ago the Association Kamatuoran (Ki) was born to fight against drug trafficking.
Ki is the meeting point of the work of ordinary citizens, voluntarily united to contribute to solving the problem, and is not supported by any political party.
Ki organizes workshops on narcopolitics, in order to raise awareness among young people, about the danger represented by these substances.

Since 2002 Ki has carried out more than 100 meetings with students of schools, parochial or religious groups, as well as with other secular organizations in the city.
The work of Ki is grafted on what other associations have already carried on for several years; these are organisms active in the local communities, that receive a beneficial influence from these collaborations, beyond the limited resources available to them. Thus a greater susceptibility to implement effective drug policies is produced.

The National Committee for the prevention of drug abuse was founded by the Archbishop of Cebu, Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, to value all the efforts in this field, to free people from such a widespread plague.

Through Ki, we wanted to collaborate to projects of the Committe, implementing campaigns for education and prevention among young people, and supporting the local church network, already very active.

Moreover the association Ki distinguishes itself for its "cultural" and training attention, as the main form of prevention; this is why its act of defense against drug leads to cooperate with the Archdiocese for the action of defense, through the enhancement of religion and popular tradition, with cultural and artistic shows, and participation in workshops, that make the population aware of the impact that drug abuse has on family and society.

In addition we collaborate with the institutions for monitoring trafficking. No more than a year ago, a huge amount of drugs was introduced in the port of Cebu.

Thanks to the continuous monitoring of these activities by Ki, the trafficking was exposed, bringing to justice all the responsible persons, and asking specifically for government officials and anti-drug agencies to cooperate honestly, and not corruptly.

The road is all uphill, because we face enormous difficulties, but we want to continue this path, which is the only sure way to save the Philippines from this modern slavery.

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