The Police Regional Office 6 expressed its support to the awareness drive for rejecting re-electionist barangay officials, who are uncooperative in the anti-drug campaign of the Philippine National Police.
PNP chief Ronalddela Rosa on Monday slammed barangay officials who continue to violate the law requiring the formation of anti-drug abuse councils in their areas.
Records of the Department of Interior and Local Government show that 12,000 of the 42,000 barangays in country have no functioning Barangay Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), despite its Circular on the mandatory creation of such body.
Dela Rosa said the implementation of the PNP Project Double Barrel has been adversely affected, to a certain extent, in these barangays without operational BADACs.
Gorero said BADAC plays an important role in addressing the drug problem in the community because of their influence on the residents. In fact, under Barangay Drug Clearing process, formation and operationalization is a must, he said.
The DILG has strongly reiterated that all barangays are required to appropriate a portion of their annual budget for the BADAC, otherwise there are “grounds for a possible administrative case of dereliction of duty pursuant to Section 60 of the Local Government Code.”
The BADACs were deputized to plan and implement strategic policies and evaluate programs and projects on drug prevention and control, with the political and police powers of the barangays to administer the affairs of the community.
Without these inputs from the BADACs, OplanTokhang will be ineffective in setting the demand reduction strategy into motion, the PNP said.
The synchronized barangay and SangguniangKabataan elections are scheduled on May 14 of this year. The election period is from April 14 to May 21.
Gorero said the PRO6 supportedPNP chief dela Rosa in slamming barangay officials who continue to violate the law on the formation ofBADAC in their localities.
Although the formation of BADAC in Region 6 is not an issue yet, Gorero said they will monitor its functionality and regularity in submission of reports, including thenlist of suspected drug personalities, in their areas.*GPB
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