The Dangerous Drugs Board ties up with the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the conduct of Training and Orientation on Strengthening Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs).

Now on its fourth leg, the training is being conducted in Cebu City from July 3-5, 2018 for Local Government Officers from Regions VI, VII, and VIII.

This program is part of the series of training orientation for Local Government Operations Officers in line with the implementation of DDB-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 on the Implementing Guidelines of the Functionality and Effectiveness of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils signed last May 2018.

Among the topics discussed are the pertinent regulations on the functions of ADACs including the establishment of community-based rehabilitation services and conduct of Drug Clearing Operations.

Also presented in the training is the Integrated Drug Monitoring and Information System to be used as the official monitoring tool for ADAC functionality and performance.

The criteria for ADAC functionality includes the creation and reorganization of ADAC, allocation of substantial amount for anti-drug programs, and implementation of plans and programs.

Speaking on behalf of the DDB Chairman, Assistant Secretary Walter P. Besas emphasized the important role of anti-drug abuse councils in drug prevention and control. “We place communities at the center of all our anti-drug efforts. The DDB believes that the most effective interventions are the ones that emanate from the community, carried out by the community – for the community,” he said.

 He added that all local governments are required to have their own anti-drug abuse councils to ensure that all programs of drug prevention and control are implemented down to the barangay level.

To facilitate the program rollout, regions in the country were grouped into several clusters. The training has been conducted in Vigan, Naga and Davao.