Spurred by the recent discovery of several laboratories and storage facilities of illegal drugs in the city run by local and foreign suspects, Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada issued an executive order creating the city’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Madac).
Estrada said the establishment of the council is mandated by circulars issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government that coordinates efforts of all government offices towards fighting illegal drugs.
Estrada said the rise in criminality necessitates a more aggressive and unified stance against illegal drugs to help ensure peace and harmony in the community.
The Madac is led by the city mayor as chairman, city police director as vice chairman, city administrator as action officer, and the city DILG director, DepEd city division superintendent, city prosecutor; city DSWD officer, city health officer, city information officer and city council committee on Social Welfare chairman; and three representatives from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Philippines Associations Inc., Ermita-Malate Business Owners Association and Manila Public Schools Teachers Association as members.
Its secretariat services will be handled by the non-government organization Program Secretariat of the Office of the Mayor.