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QC to strengthen barangay anti-drug abuse councils

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The Quezon City government is intensifying efforts to fight illegal drugs in the city by enlisting the assistance of volunteers at the barangay level.

“Under the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse and Advisory Council, we have been making sure that the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils, or BADACs, are functional and effective in their mandate to suppress illegal drugs and criminality at the barangay level,” incoming Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Belmonte said one way of doing this was through the recruitment of volunteers and the formation of a BADAC Auxiliary Team to help in barangay efforts against dangerous drugs.

In a 2004 memorandum, the Department of the Interior and Local Governments required barangay anti-drug councils to form an auxiliary team to strengthen anti-drug efforts at the grassroots level and involve all residents in reducing drug-related crimes.

The team must be composed of at least 25 members for every 2,000 barangay residents, the memorandum said.

Belmonte said the volunteers were expected to help in reporting drug incidents and cases, facilitating an information campaign through their families and communities, and implementing programs to prevent drug addiction.

“We want to make sure that all BADACs have their auxiliary teams in place because we recognize that it is not only the barangay officials who know how best to combat illegal drugs in their communities,’’ she said.

To date, the local government has implemented BADAC functionalization workshops for barangay chairpersons in 142 barangays.

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