To provide an effective mechanism for drug abuse prevention in the communities, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) today (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) formally launched the City and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (CADACs/ BADACs) in the city of Biñan, Laguna.
During the ceremony held at the Function Hall, Biñan, Laguna, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr., and Biñan City Mayor Marlyn “Len” B. Alonte- Naguiat also inducted the members of CADACs and BADACs.
The creation of Biñan’s anti-drug abuse councils stemmed from an immersion program of the PDEA Academy for 202 recruits belonging to the Drug Enforcement Officers’ Basic Course Class 2011-05.
The integrated immersion exercises in the 17 barangays of Biñan involved the conduct of drug preventive education program to elementary and high school students about the ill-effects of illegal drugs and preparation of plans for future barangay clearing operations. After a series of meeting with local officials, it was decided that an anti-drug structure in every barangay in the city of Biñan be established.
“Anti-drug abuse councils are the basic but formidable anti-drug groups that can be formed within communities,” Gutierrez said, adding that these organizations can effectively and efficiently maintain a pro-active stand against dangerous drugs. Evangeline DJ Almenario, Chief, Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency