• Caloocan village officials warned on illegal drugs


    Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan over the weekend issued a stern warning against officials of the city’s 188 barangays (villages) that they face charges if found to have abetted the illegal drug trade. In a statement, Malapitan said village officials “who will fail to do their tasks in the BADAC (Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council) will face an administrative case for dereliction of duty under Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act.” The local chief executive issued the warning in line with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum No. 2015-63 issued in June 2016. In the memo, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno called on village anti-drug councils to intensify anti-drug activities. Under Sueno’s memo, the BADAC chairman is the barangay chairman, and the kagawad or village councilman heading the peace and order committee is the vice chairman. BADAC members include heads of the women and family council and the Sangguniang Kabataan or youth council, the public school principal, the head of the village watchmen, and representatives of non-government organizations and faith-based groups. The chief of police is assigned as BADAC adviser.


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