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DILG warns raps to be filed vs barangay officials uncooperative in drug war

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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Zamboanga City Office has warned that appropriate charges will be filed against barangay officials found uncooperative in the anti-illegal drugs program.

DILG-City Chief for Operation Jun Cillo said that the 98 barangays in the city should have functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs).

He made the statement during the meeting Wednesday, December 5, of the Zamboanga City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ZCADAC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco, following the police report that most barangay officials were uncooperative in the barangay drug clearing activities.

He said the barangay officials or the BADACs are mandated by law to submit a monthly report but until now not one BADAC has ever submitted a report.

“No report has been submitted,” he said.

Cillo said evaluation of all BADACs will be done from January to March 2019, and those found non-functional or uncooperative barangay officials will be charged accordingly.

He said the police found difficulty in their barangay drug clearing operations because the barangay officials are not submitting the requirements.

Under the guidelines or parameters for declaring a barangay drug-cleared, the BADAC has to submit the required documents in one folder that includes plan of action, budget and activities, among others.

Cillo noted that only three of the city’s 98 barangays have been cleared of illegal drugs. These are Dulian (Upper Pasonanca), Capisan and Lumayang.

The police is currently working on barangays Tigbalabag and Lanzones with the hope to declare them drug-free early next year as soon as the barangay officials submit their reports, Cillo said.

According to authorities, seven barangays are seriously affected by the drug menace, 80 moderately affected, eight slightly affected, and three have been cleared. #

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