DILG Involves Various Government Agencies to Intensify War on Drugs

Written by LGOO II John Paul Lauron
Published: October 9, 2018

The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region VI tied-up with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Health and Dangerous Drugs Board in the conduct of Training and Orientation of the Guidelines on the Functionality of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC), Integrated Drug Monitoring and Information System (IDMRIS), and Performance Audit of ADACs.

The said training and orientation was conducted in District 21 Hotel in Iloilo City on September 3 to 4 which was attended by the participants from Aklan and Capiz; September 5 to 6 attended by the participants from Antique and Guimaras; September 10 to 11 attended by the participants from Iloilo Province and Iloilo City; and September 12 to 13 was attended by the 2nd batch of participants from Iloilo Province. The last two days of the training were conducted on September 17 to 18 at the Natures Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental to accommodate the participants from Negros Occidental.

Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, Regional Director of DILG Region VI, in his message, emphasized the important role of the local officials, urging them to cooperate with the government’s war on drugs. According to him, the present efforts of the government show how relentless it is on its goal to eradicate the drug problem in the country.

“The focus platform of President Duterte even during his campaign for presidency is the war on illegal drugs. The Duterte administration has accomplished so much in its first two years, so we have to really support the president.” said DILG Region 6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua in the opening program of the training.

This activity is only one part of the series of training orientations for City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers and members of the Local Government Units in line with the implementation of DDB-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 on the Implementing Guidelines of the Functionality and Effectiveness of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils signed last May 2018.

Dr. Priscilla Lamis from the Department of Health Region 6 delivered a lecture about the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. Because of the huge number of drug-surrenderers, it has become very challenging to provide services for the Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) with the end goal of rehabilitation and recovery without relapse. The DOH provides quality and sustainable rehabilitative services for drug dependents regardless of cultural socio-economic status and reform them into healthy and productive individuals accepted to the society.

Another presented topic was the Barangay Drug Clearing Program which was discussed by Mr. David Abraham Garcia, the spokesperson of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office VI. According to him, to strengthen the government efforts against the proliferation of illegal drugs in drug-affected barangays, BADACs were organized and empowered to implement strategic policies on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the barangay to administer the affairs of the community. He added that the BADAC members are expected to be the most knowledgeable persons about the drug situation in their respective barangays.

The speakers from the National Barangay Operations Office, Ms. Alet Pagilagan, Mr. Yasser Gutierrez, and Mr. Jujimar Baguno discussed about BADAC Functionality and Performance Audit. The criteria for ADAC functionality include the creation and reorganization of ADAC, allocation of substantial amount for anti-drug programs, and implementation of plans and programs.

Atty. Gerlyn Fe Oyos, the Project Manager of Anti-Drug Abuse Council – Project Management Office, explained the DILG-DDB Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01, the Implementing Guidelines on the Functionality and Effectiveness of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils. The members of the ADAC-PMO also discussed about the Functionality of P/C/MADAC and BADAC Functionality & Performance Audit.

Ms. Cathryn Dizon and Mr. Romel San Pedro of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) had a discussion about the efforts of the government in combating illegal drugs. The DDB likewise initiates programs geared towards preventive education, alternative development, public awareness and international cooperation.

The representatives from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Mr. Jordan Ferriols and Mr. Romir Alegarbes made a presentation on the Integrated Drug Monitoring and Information System to be used as the official monitoring tool for ADAC functionality and performance. The Dangerous Drugs Board, as the lead agency in policy-making and strategy formulation on drug prevention and control, in support of the comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, or R.A. No. 9165, developed this web enabled system, to collect, manage and analyze data and information on drug abuse prevention. After the discussion, a Hands-on Simulation Exercise was conducted.



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