In an effort to make Ilocos Sur as drug-free province, the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Singson hosted the first Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Summit at Vigan City Convention Center on March 22, 2017. The event aims to stimulate efforts and strengthen the coordination of the different stakeholders to overpower the problem of illegal drugs in the country. With Governor Ryan and Vice Governor Jeremias Singson, the Provincial Board Members, Department Heads, Municipal Mayors, the Philippine National Police, students, representatives from the National Government Agencies and the barangay officials headed by ABC Federated President Mario Subagan. They all signed the pledge of commitment. Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who served as the guest of honor of the event, motivated the participants in setting the goal towards the realization of this battle that was launched by Duterte administration thru the Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel. De la Rosa emphasized that the victory of this war will depend much from the community-based efforts and the barangay officials play an important role being the first line of defense. “Every journey starts with the first step. This summit is a big step towards Ilocos Sur’s destination to become a drug-free province. I can see the enthusiasm of the stakeholders and the strong support of the Provincial Government to this campaign”, said Dela Rosa. In the province of Ilocos Sur, a total of 5, 676 drug personalities have surrendered; 580 out of the 768 Barangays are already cleared from illegal drugs and there are still 98 barangays which remain uncleared. Governor Singson believes that this drug problem is despicable and that the only way to resolve the same necessitates force like in any combat. The force needed is formed by a united stand against this illegal drugs, united since not only that the active role of the law enforcement like the police is required but also the community. “The great part of the war is how we worked together to end this battle once and for all. This summit clearly highlights the need of our community leaders to take an active role in this fight. In Ilocos Sur, we express our support to the President’s war on drugs,” Singson added.