DILG reiterates warning vs non-functional BADACs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 December 2018 13:58

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Zamboanga City Office has reiterated its earlier warning against non-functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs), saying that appropriate charges will be filed in court against barangay officials found uncooperative in the anti-illegal drugs program.

DILG-City Chief for Operation Jun Cillo issued the warning anew during the meeting yesterday of the Zamboanga City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ZCADAC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco, following the police report that most barangay officials were uncooperative in the barangay drug clearing activities.

He said the barangay officials or the BADACs are mandated by law to submit a monthly report but until now not one BADAC has ever submitted a report. “No report has been submitted,” he lamented.

Cillo said evaluation of all BADACs will be done from January to March 2019, and those found non-functional or uncooperative barangay officials will be charged accordingly.

Accordingly, the reason why the police found difficulty in their barangay drug clearing operations is because the barangay officials are not submitting the requirements.

Under the guidelines or parameters for declaring a barangay drug-cleared, the BADAC has to submit the required documents in one folder that includes plan of action, budget and activities, among others.

To this date, only three of the city’s 98 barangays have been cleared of illegal drugs, namely; Dulian (Upper Pasonanca), Capisan and Lumayang.

The police said they are working on barangays Tigbalabag and Lanzones, hoping to declare them drug-free early next year as soon as the barangay officials shall have submitted their reports.

At 7 barangays are seriously affected by the drug menace, 80 moderately affected and 8 slightly affected, and 3 cleared.

Meanwhile, the ZCADAC has reiterated its resolution granting P50,000 incentive to barangays that will be declared drug-free. Funds for buy-bust operations will be partly used for the purpose.

The police also reported that as of Dec. 3, this year they had conducted 1,085 anti-drug operations, which resulted in the arrest of 113 suspects and confiscation of 1,816.42 kgms of shabu with street value of P6.5 million.

A total of 1,061 cases have been filed against drug personalities, of which 261 are pending in the prosecutor’s office, 757 in trial courts, 22 dismissed by the prosecutor due to technicalities, 20 dismissed by the courts and 1 case was dropped.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), presided the meeting on behalf of the mayor.-(Vic Larato)