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Cadac gets good grades from DILG on anti-drug programs

The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) received 98 points out of 100 during the recent performance audit of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press briefing held in The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Ronald Rivera of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, said, “We got 98 points. We have two points  because we did not clear every barangay.”

“We have 31 barangays ongoing for drug clearing operation and hopefully with the next audit, we will be excellent,” he said.

He said the implementation of the program will continue with preventive education and treatment rehabilitation. They are already working with different organizations for a drug-free workplace. This program will run parallel with the campaign to translate the modules into the different Moro dialects.

In the Memorandum Circular 2018-159, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that all ADACs will be audited based on the following criteria: organized local ADAC; conduct of quarterly meetings; allocation of funds for the implementation of anti-drug activities indicated in the Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan; implementation of ADAC plans and programs; support to ADACs in component local government units (LGUs) and innovation.

The audit team is organized and chaired by the DILG, along with representatives from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and civil society organizations from the regional, provincial and national offices.

Connie  Dumag of the Cadac, said they have registered more than 11,000 drug suspects who surrendered, enrolled more than 4,000 in the assistance package intended for drug reformists.

In phase 1, the drug reformist will undergo an intensive care treatment for six months, then they will proceed to the aftercare program.

In 2018, she said 800 former drug dependents finished the phase 1 of the program. In the first quarter of this year, they are expecting 350 more to complete the rehab treatment.

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