DILG to Choose Top Performing LGUs in Campaign Against Illegal Drugs – Manila Bulletin

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The Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) is set to choose the best Local Government Units (LGUs) with the best performing Local Anti-Drug Council (ADAC).

Comprised of 81 provinces, 146 cities and 1,488 municipalities nationwide, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the best anti-illegal drug localities will be recognized after the rigorous performance evaluation of their respective ADACs from April to June of this year.

“We will begin evaluating ADAC to determine who is doing well and who is lagging behind in their anti-illegal drug campaign,” Año said.

After the evaluation, Año noted that top performing ADACs will be recognized for their exemplary work in combating the country’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.

Año noted that “ADAC performance must maintain steady progress to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rid communities of illegal drugs and their perpetrators.”

He explained that the said recognition and assessment will ensure that all STOLs in the country are on the same page and within the parameters set by the national government.

“Ensuring that the ADACs carry out their mandate effectively is a top priority for the DILG. These ADACs are our allies in our campaign against illegal drugs, so they must be recognized for their exemplary contribution to the fight against illegal drugs in the country. “, said Año.

“Thus, it is also essential to assess their performance and see what can still be improved in our policies and enforcement measures,” he added.

Through DILG Memorandum (MC) Circular 2022-034, Año stated that outstanding ADACs will be determined using the following criteria: Barangay ADAC (BADAC) functionality or the percentage of total barangays with highly functional BADACs ( 30 dots); sustainability of “drug-free” or “drug-free” status (40 points); and, reduction in drug allocation from 2020 (30 points).

ADACS that score 75 points or more will be rewarded at a ceremony hosted by the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drug Strategy Project Management Office (PADS-PMO) to recognize and encourage the country’s top performing ADACS.

To be eligible for the award, Año said ADACs would first have to score high and be classified as highly functional in the ADAC performance audit that will be conducted by DILG, through the PADS-PMO. who will assess their functionality and effectiveness in implementation. , monitoring and evaluation of illicit drug control activities.

He noted that the functionality of ADACs and their audit rating will be determined in terms of organized local ADACs; conduct of ADAC meetings; allocation of funds for illicit drug control activities; formulation and implementation of ADAC plans and programs; supervision and support to component ADACs; and, their innovations.

STOLs that scored 85-100 points will be classified as highly functional, those that scored 51-84 points are moderately functional, while those with 50 points and below are low functional.

“We urge LGUs to strive for excellence and be proactive in their campaign against illicit drugs. LGUs who perform their duty effectively in our ongoing campaign deserve to be rewarded,” he noted.

Certificates will be issued to moderate and high-functioning ADACs, while legal action and/or appropriate intervention will be recommended for low-functioning boards.

The ADAC Performance Audit is a collaboration between National Government Agencies (NGAs) and LGUs as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that uses a multi-level participatory audit structure to ensure integrity of the audit process and its results.

“ADACs at the provincial, city and municipal levels are comprised of the relevant local chief executive as chairman and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), DILG, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Justice (DOJ), local courts, as well as the local health officer, social welfare and development officer, parole and probation public information officer, and parole officer and two representatives of non-governmental organizations and one representative of interfaith groups,” DILG noted.(Chito A. Chavez)

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