CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda called on about 10,000 barangay leaders to sustain the momentum of the province’s anti-illegal drugs campaign dubbed “Dalan ning Pa-magbayu (Road to Change).”
He made the challenge during the last leg of orientation on the tasks of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) for leaders in the first and fourth congressional districts at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center. Gov. Lilia Pineda required the orientation of barangay leaders to be able to assist the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in reactivating BADAC.
DILG Memorandum Circular 2015-063 identified BADAC as front liners in the eradication of illegal drugs. The Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Legislative Board approved resolutions initially allocating P10 million for the campaign amid little funds for BADAC.
Vice Governor Pineda, in particular, encouraged them to monitor whether or not the 10,403 drug users and pushers who surrendered last July have actually quit the addiction or left the trade for good.
“It is important that you provide information to the provincial peace and order council on the status of surrendering users and pushers so that we can extend appropriate assistance to them,” he said. He urged them to take advantage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s intensified campaign to be able to make communities safe and peaceful.
He also asked the BADAC, chaired by the punong barangay, to reach out and talk to drug users and pushers who have not yet yielded.
“Do not be afraid to fight illegal drugs. You have the full support of the provincial government and police. Our unity and the momentum we have attained in the campaign have lowered crime incidents,” he said.
The vice governor said the physical fitness program for surrendering users would start on Saturday with jogging and zumba sessions in Lubao town.
Governor Pineda called on BADAC to be serious and courageous in the anti-drugs drive because “drugs breed crimes that threaten the safety of our children, women and our entire families.”
“There’s a drug crisis. This is not easy to solve, unlike flooding. We should be able to identify the suppliers and report them to the police,” she told some 2,000 village leaders.