The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council directs all barangays in the city to immediately organize and revitalize their individual anti-drug abuse councils or BADAC in light of the increasing illegal drug use.
The CADAC, led by Mayor Beng Climaco last Monday approved a resolution strongly urging the activation of all BADACs and the submission of their budgets for anti-drug programs.
Based on the report from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Liga ng mga Barangay, 93 barangays have organized their BADAC but only 58 have revitalized their councils. And of the total 98 barangays, only 11 have submitted their anti-drug budgets for review.
Mayor Climaco said there is a need to revitalize all anti-drug abuse councils in the 98 barangays, as the interventions for drug surrenderees under the Oplan Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang campaign will be done by the Task Force Cambio Vida in coordination with the BADAC.
Based on the categorization of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), drug dependents are categorized on 3 levels: moderate and mild moderate which can intervened even as outpatients and the severe case which needs to undergo interventions in rehabilitation centers, according to the mayor.
The CADAC members emphasized that there is an urgent need to synchronize all programs initiated by the national government, local government and the barangay government to avoid duplication of programs.
Under Republic Act 9165, barangays are mandated to appropriate substantial amount to support anti-illegal drugs operations. (Sheila Covarrubias)
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:59