THE government must remain on high alert against possibilities of some self-confessed drug pushers/users resuming their illicit activities.
That’s why government authorities ought to reactivate and revitalize the more than 40,000 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) across the country.
“The BADACs are our first line of defense in the grassroots level, and they should spearhead the fight against illegal drugs in their localities,” said Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers.
Barbers is chairman of the vital committee on dangerous drugs in the House of Representatives.
It will be recalled that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) created the provincial, city, municipality and barangay anti-drug councils in 1998.
However, these councils have yet to be activated, according to Barbers, a Mindanaoan like President Rodrigo “Rody” R. Duterte, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez.
Barbers said it was only after Duterte assumed the top political post of the land that the government launched a total war against the drug menace.
In fact, the Duterte government marshaled all anti-drug offices and agencies to help the Philippine National Police to address the problem, which threatens to tear the nation apart.
Among those supporting the revitalization of BADACs are Reps. Leopoldo “Pol” Bataoil, Romeo Acop, Pablo Ortega and Arnulfo Teves of Pangasinan, Antipolo City, La Union and Negros Oriental, respectively.
Both products of the elite Philippine Military Academy, the country’s premier military school, Bataoil and Acop are former police generals.
This is precisely what we need. We must involve the citizens, through the BADACs, if we are to win the uphill battle against drug trafficking and drug abuse.