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Got to believe in the magic of a drug-free world

Philippine Star
24 August 2002

International balladeer David Pomeranz will help the newly created Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in its campaign against illegal drugs.

Pomeranz, a frequent visitor in Manila who planed in recently to promote his new album, is a key member of NARCONON International, a non-profit, anti-drug corporation based in the United States and Australia.

Pomeranz is best known for the songs "Got to Believe in Magic," which version by the local band Side A was used for the Rico Yan-Claudine Barretto movie of the same title, and "King and Queen of Hearts" from the movie "Zapped." His recent singles include "Born for You" and "Undying Admiration."

PDEA chief Director Anselmo Avenido said NARCONON, through its rehabilitation programs, is helping thousands of people of different races "regain their ability to think and achieve their goals in life without drugs."

Avenido said NARCONON has been saving lives and educating youths on the hazards of drug abuse for over 30 years now.

Robert Anderson of Colorado, USA, and Churlya Wurfel of New South Wales, Australia, representatives of NARCONON International, visited the PDEA national office at Camp Crame in Quezon City recently.

They pledged to give the PDEA 20 million copies of their book entitled "The Way to Happiness" and a handout entitled "10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs" for distribution nationwide.

They invited PDEA representatives to visit their facilities in Oklahoma City, USA, to enhance PDEA’s program on drug prevention education.

Avenido said NARCONON selected the Philippines as one of its pilot areas in Asia for its latest concept on drug prevention education and rehabilitation.

At present, the international anti-drug group is looking for a site where it could build their office and rehabilitation center.