A total of 507 local government units (LGUs) were conferred with the 2020 Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Special Awards for their outstanding efforts against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that 90 civil society organizations (CSOs) and individuals and 28 DILG regional focal persons and alternates were also accorded the ADAC Special Awards.
And of the 507 LGUs, 273 were LGUs that have cleared their previously drug-affected barangays and another 234 LGUs were those sustained the status of their unaffected barangays.
“These awards are testament to the work of our LGUs and our CSO-partners in clearing our barangays of illegal-drugs despite the prevailing Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic,” said Año.
“Time is of the essence and we must work both smart and hard in order to eradicate the drug trade in the Philippines and establish a system for the sustained status of drug-cleared LGUs and barangays,” he added.
The DILG, as chair of the ADAC National Audit Team (ANT), the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Caritas Manila as CSO representative, spearheaded the conferment of the 2020 ADAC Special Awards this year.
He explained that to come up with the 273 LGUs awardees with drug-cleared status of their previously drug-affected barangays, the PDEA provided the parameters for the LGU recipients based on the recently issued policy on drug clearing, assessing a three-year period from 2017 to 2019. SOVEREIGNPH