The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) supports the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in its decision to file charges against barangay officials who failed to organize a Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in their respective community.

Section 1 of Board Regulation No. 3, Series of 2017, the most recent DDB regulation issued relative to this concern, states that all barangays in every local government unit shall establish its BADAC which shall render assistance to the law enforcement agencies in the eradication and clearing operations of illegal drugs.

The role of BADAC is to plan, strategize, implement and evaluate programs on drug abuse prevention in the barangay.

In addition to administrative sanctions, officials who violate any regulation issued by the DDB can be held liable under Section 32 of Republic Act 9165 with a penalty ranging from six months and one day to four years and a fine ranging from P10,000.00 to P50,000.00.

Recent announcements made by DILG should serve as a reminder to the candidates running for the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

In a statement, DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino S. Cuy emphasized the need for the candidates to champion anti-drug initiatives in support of the administration’s priority. “We encourage them to have a clear and established plan in the eradication of illegal drugs in their locality. As we continue to put communities in the center of all anti-drug efforts, we need barangay officials who will serve as our partners in advancing drug prevention and control efforts in the communities.”

Moreover, he appealed on voters to be vigilant in choosing their candidates wisely. “Let us be discouraged from candidates with records of involvement in illegal drugs activities because they will compromise the future and the best interest of our society.”

The DDB is set to introduce new approaches through relevant policies that can be embraced by barangay leaders as they step up to respond to their mandates.

Composed of 17 members, the Board is closely working with its member agencies in the formulation and conduct of drug prevention programs.