DILG to put stickers indicating ‘drug-free’ homes

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DILG Secretary Mike Sueno

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon mark drug-free homes with stickers — as a "nonviolent and encouraging" attempt to fight illegal drugs.

Interior Secretary Mike Sueno on Thursday said the DILG, the national police, and barangay officials are working on the criteria for identifying which households are drug-free. 

Stickers will be posted outside drug-free houses, while those without stickers will be "the subject of interventions" by authorities.

The DILG said members of sticker-free households will be "encouraged to come clean and support the government's anti-drug campaign." 

The sticker campaign is similar to previous anti-illegal drug efforts, that resorted to shaming and stigmatizing drug suspects.

Former mayor Alfredo Lim initiated a spray paint campaign in Manila to mark the houses of alleged drug users.

Last July, drug users in Tanauan City were forced to do a walk of shame, while those in Rosario, Cavite were locked in a "cage of change."

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The DILG's sticker campaign is not free from criticism.

Human rights group Amnesty International said the campaign might be used to target innocent people.

The group added the campaign would be an invasion of privacy. 

Sueno defended the campaign from critics and called them "human wrong groups."

In a statement, Sueno said the sticker campaign will encourage neighborhoods to be drug-resistant.   

He also pointed out, most illegal drug users come from dysfunctional families; and that "change starts in homes."

Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils also held similar sticker campaigns in the past.