Celso reactivates, strengthens Zambo anti-drug abuse council PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 May 2011 15:59

Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered the reactivation of the Zamboanga City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ZADAC) with strengthened duties and responsibilities in a bid to further intensify the anti-drug campaign in the city.

The mayor is set to meet with the reactivated ZADAC anytime soon to discuss measures on how to go about the Council’s duties and responsibilities.

The ZADAC is chaired by Mayor Lobregat with the Police City Director as the vice chairman. The members include the vice mayor (pursuant to MC 99-106), the city director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Division of City Schools of Superintendent, City Prosecutor, City Health Officer, City Social Welfare and Development Council, City Public Information Officer, NGO-Socio-Civic Group, Church Group Representative, City Probation and Parole Officer (pursuant to MC 99-106) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Regional Office-9).

Under the mayor’s executive order, the ZADAC’S duties and responsibilities are to serve as a focal point through which various organizations and individuals can work together cooperatively in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs on drug abuse prevention; provide for an effective mechanism for the coordination of existing services and programs and those which might be developed in the immediate future; provide for a mechanism to obtain funds, volunteers, facilities and technical expertise and conduct information and education campaign on the ill-effect of illegal drugs, monitor and report to proper authorities drug pushers and drug users in their locality; prepare a confidential watchlist of drug users and pushers found in the LGU’s area of jurisdiction to be submitted to the PNP Anti- Illegal Drug Task Force for the latter’s validation or verification to the arrest and filing of appropriate charges and to perform other related responsibilities as may be assigned by competent authorities.

The mayor in his order stressed there is an imperative need to enhance awareness and understanding of the adverse effects of drug abuse on the health of the people and the consequential ill effects it has on the social, economic and even political development of the country.

He stressed that the concerted citywide and systematically coordinated community with the support of the academe, the religious, the barangays, the NGOs, an information drive against the evils of drug abuse must be launched unabated to resolve and arrest the incidence of drug dependency among the youth and misguided constituents.

Mayor Lobregat said the increasing use of illegal drug has “significantly contributed to the degradation of the moral fibers  of our youth thereby escalating incidence of heinous crime, thus, the problem on proliferation and use of illegal drugs has to be addressed more forcefully with the end of promoting general welfare of the community”.
DILG Memorandum Circular 98-227, series of 1998 and section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 mandate the local government units to actively pursue undertakings to improve public morals and maintain peace and order among other equally significant concerns. — Sheila Covarrubias