The Naga City government under the leadership of Mayor John G. Bongat, recently launched a comprehensive program for combating drug abuse in the city.
Bongat ordered the formation and activation of the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (NCDDB) to coordinate and implement the various projects and activities under the city’s comprehensive anti-drug abuse program.
The NCDDB is composed of directors and heads of concerned government agencies, department heads of the local government, and representatives from the academe, religious, private sector, and NGO/PO.
The board serves as the exclusive policy-making, monitoring, and coordinating body on the prevention and control of drug abuse in the city. Its mandate is to execute programs and projects as well as implement short-term, long-term, and sustainable solutions to the problem of drug abuse.
Bongat sits as board chairman with Councilor Raoul Rosales as presiding officer. In addition to the executive committee, the NCDDB also includes three working committees focusing on the following areas: (1) public information, campaign, and education; (2) intelligence, enforcement, and prosecution; and (3) early intervention and rehabilitation.
NCDDB initially convened in November 2010 and another one in January 2011 where plans were put in motion. The meeting of the board is slated on a quarterly basis.
The operations of the NCDDB shall be supervised by its executive committee through its secretariat.
Meanwhile, Bongat expressed support for the creation of the Barangay Anti-drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) to effectively counter the dangers of drug abuse and the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city’s 27 barangays.
As mandated by Memorandum Circular No.98-227 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), BADAC shall be composed of the following: Punong Barangay as Chairperson, Barangay Kagawad /Chairperson of the Peace and Order Committee as Vice-Chairperson, SK Chairperson, School Principal, Barangay Tanod Executive Officer, Representatives of NGO-PO, Parents-Teachers Associations, and Religious Organizations as members.
The primary role of BADAC is to plan, implement, and evaluate drug abuse prevention programs. Consequently, it shall be a mechanism for: (1) coordination of existing and planned services and programs, (2) obtaining funds, volunteers, facilities, and technical expertise, and (3) performance of other related responsibilities as may be assigned by competent authorities.
Initially dubbed as “Action Against Drug Addiction”, the Reorganization and Orientation Seminar of BADAC was conducted last Aug. 11, 13, and 20, 2010 at the Naga City Youth Center. The seminars featured lectures and inputs from the DILG officials and anti-drugs advocates in Naga City.
Majority of the barangays in the city have already reorganized their respective BADAC’s. A city-wide general assembly of all BADAC members shall be conducted on Feb. 28 2011.
A representative of the BADAC shall sit as member of the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (NCDDB).