Issue of December 2, 2018

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DILG to brgys: Ensure functional BADACs
by Carlito C. Dar and Charity Illag

Barangays play a huge role in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Asec. for External and Legislative Affairs Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri emphasized this during the DILG-led Regional Summit on Good Governance at the University of Baguio that was attended by officials of the 1,176 barangays in the Cordillera.

Echiverri said that the barangays must ensure that their Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (Badacs) are fully functional.

Among the indicators of a fully functional Badac include the establishment of barangay rehabilitation referral desk with a designated officer, creation of Badac auxiliary team, presence of plan of action, fund allocation, having monthly meetings, and implementation of drug abuse prevention advocacy campaign, drug clearing operation, and community-based intervention for persons who use drugs.

Barangays with Badacs that get high scores on functionality based on the criteria, will be recognized by the government, particularly by the DILG, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority, and the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Echiverri said administrative cases will be filed to officials of barangays that do not have organized and functional Badacs.

The other speakers were DILG Asec. for Peace and Order Manuel Felix who talked about the role of the barangay in the campaign against criminality; Asec. Roosque Calacat who discussed the campaign against corruption, and National Barangay Operations Office OIC Director Caesar Rimando who talked on the prevention of violent extremism.

DILG Federalism National Speaker’s Bureau member Vladimir Cayabas also oriented the participants on the fundamentals of federalism.

DILG-Cordillera Director Marlo Iringan said the regional roadshow on good governance aimed to provide a venue for consultation and establishment of partnership with the barangays in intensifying the campaign on the fight against illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, violent extremism, quest for a federal republic and existence of People’s Law Enforcement Board, with the end view of establishing a peaceful environment where every Filipino can live safely and happily.

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