The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved on third reading a measure creating anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs) in all provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays across the country.
With 200 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed on third and final reading House Bill 7812, which seeks to institutionalize ADACs to ensure the smooth implementation of anti-drug abuse programs and services that are readily accessible to the public.
Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda, one of the principal authors of the bill, said the institutionalization of the ADACs is an effort to help President Rodrigo Duterte in his campaign against illegal drugs.
“The entire community, not only the government, should take part in this fight in order to completely eradicate the drug problem in our country,” Baronda said.
Under the bill, the ADAC refers to a multi-sectoral council composed of local officials and representatives of various community organizations tasked to spearhead the planning, implementation, and monitoring of all local anti-drug abuse programs, projects and activities.
It also mandates concerned local government units to appropriate 2 percent of their annual budget to fund the creation and operation of the ADACs and implement the provisions of the proposed law. SOVEREIGNPH