Sagada and Drugs - An On-going Struggle

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A reader left the following comment in a similar post I had on Sagada and drugs (click here for the link).

"i want to comment about this drug issue snan ili tako. ay inayan tay snan 16 years ay ninteteak snan ili tako, dan ado obpay nan adik amo ay maikikan. men-os-os-kila ak d wani sna up, ngem ay ngan nan aped da kanan ken sak-en, agtak kano daida is mj tay ado kano nan mula tako...

d siyempre nakikidebate ako na mali sila, ay maid kadtodi ken datako. ngem isnan nagbisitaak snan kabsat father ko, kanana ay tetewa kano di. siyempre shocked ako tay dan egay ko polos inamamo nan tetewa ay mikmikan."
Here's a typical i-Sagada talking, and with that, I'm referring to the way the reader uses English and Kankana-ey words and phrases in the same sentence. Here's my best translation of the above: "I want to comment about this drug issue in our town. Its surprising that in the 16 years that I've stayed in our town, there are many happenings that I wasn't aware of. I'm currently studying in UP, and this is what they told me - that I give them mj (for marijuana) since we have a lot of these planted... Of course, I debated and informed them that they were wrong, that we didn't have such stuff. But, upon meeting with an uncle, he told me that it was true. I was shocked because I didn't know what was really happening."

I empathize with the reader. He/she may have come from the same family as I did - a very protective one. I also didn't know much about this stuff, until I saw things firsthand. And that was already when I was in high school. Indeed, drugs in Sagada will only benefit a few persons - but it could lead to Sagada's downfall if this is not corrected.

One of the things that the local government can do is to work with schools and the teachers to increase awareness. Hold special programs to educate elementary and high school students about the effects of marijuana use. Make it as graphic as allowed to make the point across. Discuss not just the health effects, talk about other consequences as well. Selling and using marijuana is illegal and leads to imprisonment, family separation, and poverty. These impact not just one individual - but families and communities. How the Sagada community will handle this drug problem is critical - its a struggle it can't afford to lose.


lagal[og] September 20, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

kamulo, i never touched on this in my past posts on sagada not because i'm keeping a blind eye on it but because i believe there's so much more going for sagada than a marijuana-induced high. i'm not naive on its quite open trade but i choose not to dwell on it. sana nga rin, the townsfolk will do something about this.

Anonymous September 20, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

I hope that action is fast and quick. It will no longer become a respectable place when the children and the community is ravaged by drugs. Its a sensitive issue - but a very serious one. Obviously, there are some people benefiting from the drug trade in Sagada, and who would not like the practice to stop. Shame on them!

Anonymous January 25, 2009 at 2:11 AM  

thats the reason most tourista and artists go to sagada. nothing will ever be done to stop it.

SaGaDa-iGoRoT January 28, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

"thats the reason most tourista and artists go to sagada. nothing will ever be done to stop it."

to say that MOST tourists go there for the marijuana is a bit of a stretch. some do, but they're the minority, less than 5% is more like it.

sagadablues March 31, 2009 at 5:33 AM  

just keep on promoting sagada for being a drug free community,nothing is impossible if we will help each other,matago tago tako amin ay isagada,

SaGaDa-iGoRoT March 31, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

thanks sagadablues. keep up the good work you guides are doing!

william May 22, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

Why not legalize?

pro2zoa October 21, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

Drugs is one of the major factor why the Land of Maharlika is in poverty.

Yet I think we must study back or research more about this so-called Marijuana or I rather use the word Wisdom or Herb.

We consider ourselves modern yet, never know what this plant can benefit to our people.

This is just a plant. And man made this are more dangerous and fatal if it consume. We see more ppl. dead in Tabacos and Alcohol. Look all the facts about this amazing Herb. No more hunger and no more poverty.

Its illegal coz many establishments will fall down and more ppl. can think more better ways to survive.
Hemp should be free. For the purpose of the human sufferings.

Not because the system told us its bad for the health of a man. And giving us the Chemical Medicines which has more negative effects lead to all complications. Sana lang eh mabigyang kahalagahan ang halaman na ito, bago mahuli ang lahat. Marijuana is no chemikal.