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SOLON SEEKS TO INSTITUTIONALIZE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNCILS

 

05 August 2022 12:42:24 PM

SOLON SEEKS TO INSTITUTIONALIZE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNCILS

Consistent with the State’s declared policy to safeguard the well-being of the youth, especially from the pernicious effects of dangerous drugs, Rep. Julienne Baronda (Lone District, Iloilo City) has proposed to institutionalize anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs) across the country. Under her filed House Bill 756, all government units LGUs), from provinces to cities, municipalities, and barangays would be mandated to create or organize their respective ADACs that would spearhead the planning and implementation of all local anti-drug abuse programs and activities. The ADAC would be a multi-sectoral council composed of local officials and representatives of various community organizations to lead in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local anti-drug abuse programs and projects. The LGUs would likewise be tasked, among others, to activate, strengthen and ensure functionality of its ADAC; approve a comprehensive local anti-drug plan of action to eliminate drug addiction; and appropriate a substantial amount of funds not lower than two percent of the annual appropriations for anti-illegal drug-related programs and activities and operations as mandatory items in their budgets. “The entire community, not only the government, should take part in this fight if we want to completely eradicate the drug problem of our country,” Baronda said in the explanatory note of her bill.

 
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