THE best performing Local Drug Abuse Control Councils (Adac) in the country will be recognized by the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG).
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement that his office would launch an assessment to identify Adacs who are not lagging behind in their campaign against illicit drugs.
“Ensuring that the ADACs carry out their mandate effectively is a top priority for the DILG. These Adacs are our allies in our campaign against illegal drugs, so it is fair to recognize their contributions to the campaign against illegal drugs in the country,” Año said in a mixture of English and Filipino.
“Thus, it is also essential to assess their performance and see what can still be improved in our policies and enforcement measures,” he added.
To be eligible for the award, Año said Adacs must first achieve a high rating and be classified as highly functional in the DILG Adac performance audit that will be conducted by the Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy Project Management Office. (Pads-PMO) which will assess their functionality and effectiveness in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities to combat illegal drugs.
Año issued Circular Memorandum 2022-034, which defines the criteria for determining the best Adacs. According to the secretary, an Adac will be assessed through its Barangay Adac (Badac) functionality or the percentage of total barangays with highly functional Badacs (30 points); continued drug-free or drug-free status (40 points); and, reduction in drug allocation from 2020 (30 points).
According to Año, Adacs who have obtained 75 points or more will be rewarded during a ceremony organized by the Pads-PMO.
With regard to the functionality and audit rating of Adacs, these will be determined in terms of local Adac organized, conduct of Adac meetings, allocation of funds for anti-corruption activities illicit drugs, formulation and implementation of ADAC plans and programs, supervision and support to the Component. ADACs and their innovations.
Adacs that “achieve 85 to 100 points will be classified as highly functional, those with 51 to 84 points are moderately functional, and those with 50 points and below are low functional,” according to the DILG.
“We urge LGUs (Local Government Units) to strive for excellence and be proactive in their campaign against illegal drugs. LGUs who perform their duty effectively in our ongoing campaign deserve to be rewarded,” Año said.