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Abalos lauds DILG-R12 Bantala Sang Dose BIDA-awareness initiative

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr. lauds DILG-Region 12 (R12) for extending the Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan (BIDA) campaign’s advocacy to airport passengers through the launch of Bantala Sang Dose at the departure area of the General Santos City International Airport.

“I would like to commend DILG-R12 for collaborating with CAAP to further the advocacy of the BIDA anti-illegal drugs campaign. Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa pagpapalawig ng kaalaman ukol sa BIDA at sa paghihikayat sa mga mamamayan na suportahan ang programang ito,” Abalos said.

A joint project of CAAP and DILG-R12, Bantala Sang Dose is an Information and Educational Campaign (IEC) platform that features a public address system using a wide LED TV screen at the departure area.  It shows a continuous loop of AVPs highlighting DILG's BIDA Campaign, and other noteworthy practices of DILG-R12 and its partner agencies.

The DILG Secretary said DILG-R12, through its Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC), chose to launch it within the airport setting due to the increased foot traffic in the airport.  Another TV set will be installed at the arrival area in the near future.  

He said he hopes the Bantala Sang Dose will serve as a blueprint for other local government units to emulate to further intensify the BIDA Campaign’s anti-illegal drug advocacy.

Also present during the launch were DILG-R12 Regional Director Josephine Cabrido-Leysa, General Santos International Airport Manager and CAAP Representative Joel G. Gavina, and other local government officials. ###