Beng convenes CADAC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2016 13:56

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco convened the reconstituted City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) Wednesday afternoon to discuss updates as well as assess anti-illegal drugs operations and programs.

The creation of the CADAC is formalized through Executive Order No. BC 16-2013 and is based on Memorandum Circular No. 2003-131 of the Department of Interior and Local Government directing all local government units to reactivate and strengthen their respective ant-drug abuse council and defining their roles and responsibilities.

Memorandum Circular No. 98-227, series of 1998 also issued by the DILG and section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 likewise mandates local government units to actively pursue undertakings to improve public morals and maintain peace and order among other equally significant concerns.

The CADAC is chaired by Mayor Climaco with the City Police Director as vice chair. Members include the City Vice Mayor, DILG City Director, Division of City Schools Superintendent, City Prosecutor, City health officer, City Social welfare and Development Officer, City Public Information Officer, NGO/Socio-Civic Group and Church Group representatives, City Probation and Parole Officer and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office.

During the meeting Wednesday, it was agreed that the CADAC be expanded to include the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) which will also act as the Council secretariat, the chairman of the committee on anti-drugs of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

In her executive order, Mayor Climaco said 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.

The fight against illegal drugs is one of the 10 platforms of government of President Rodrigo Duterte and the police and local government units are ordered to sustain the campaign.

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

The mayor stressed that the increase use of illegal drugs 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.

A   mong others, the CADAC serves 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 and provide for an effective mechanism for the coordination of existing services and programs and those which might be developed in the immediate future. — Sheila Covarrubias