BAGUIO CITY, March 4 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently working on the assessment of the functionality of Barangay Anti - Drug Abuse Councils or BADACs in line with the government's anti illegal drugs campaign.
The BADAC audit is guided by the Dangerous Drugs Board - DILG Joint Memorandum Circular Number 2018 - 01, the implementing guidelines of the effectiveness of local anti - drug abuse councils and DILG MemoCircular No. 2018 - 135 or the technical guide notes on BADAC functionality.
The DILG - Cordillera reported during the Regional Inter - Agency Committee on Anti - Illegal Drugs - Advocacy Cluster meeting here that the BADAC audit was last conducted in 2019 for the 2018 performance of barangays.
With the Coronavirus pandemic last year, the BADAC audit for the 2019 was cancelled. It will be conducted in the first semester of this year while the 2020 functionality performance will be done during the second semester.
Under the BADAC audit, the barangay anti - drug abuse councils are assessed on 30 performance indicators in five thematic areas namely organizational development; citizen's participation and capacity development; rehabilitation and integration referral system; education and advocacy; and program sustainability.
For fiscal year 2018, DILG reported that functionality of BADACs in the Cordillera averaged at "moderate" or progressive functionality.
Of the 1,176 barangays in Cordillera, 953 have functional BADAC auxiliary teams and house cluster; 964 effective rehabilitation and reintegration referral system; 941 are active in education and advocacy campaign activities related to drug abuse prevention and illegal drug demand reduction, and 953 sustainable Barangay Drug Clearing Program and BADAC operations.
DILG - CAR OIC Regional Director Araceli San Jose underscored that barangays are key components in the fight against illegal drugs. With empowered barangays, there will be empowered communities in eradicating the supply of and demand for illegal and dangerous drugs and ultimately, drug - resistant and resilient Philippines can be achieved. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)