A Department of Interior and Local Government executive reiterated the need for barangay captains to maximize efforts to make their localities drug-free as OplanTokhang has been re-launched this year.
Austere Panadero, Undersecretary for Local Government who was in Bacolod City during the kick-off of the Philippine Government Cluster Regional Dialogues yesterday, said this re-launch of the anti-illegal drug program of the present administration will exempt no one, even those who hold government positions.
“Their objective is to make their barangays drug free... they have to do what they are supposed to do,” he said in an interview.
Panaderosaid DILG Sec. Eduardo Año has already ordered that the Anti-Drug Abuse Council in every locality should be organized and functional, as their performance will be assessed regularly by the agency.
The assessment will be donetogether with the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, among others.
Panadero also warned the barangay captains to make sure that their barangays stay drug-free and not affected, as the police have already informed them of the status of their affectation.
Those slightly affected could easily be turned into drug-free, but those severely affected need to have a good strategy to reduce the affectation in their barangay, Panadero added.
The clearing of illegal drug activities should be done as soon as possible, and the local anti-drug abuse plan should adopt a deadline to make it more realistic, he added.
Panadero also said that the DILG will conduct an intensified information campaign for the May barangay election.
He said that between now and May, DILG together with its partners, will intensify their information drives especially on the performance data of barangay officials.
“I think everyone knows the performance of everyone,so that when we elect barangay officials in May, it will be an informed decision or judgment,” Panadero said.
This information includes the performance of the anti-illegal drug abuse campaigns in the locality.
He said it is expected that the agency, together with Commission on Election, and civil society groups, will continue to make the information available. * MLG
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