Only 2 Bicol LGUs awarded for anti-drug abuse efforts
posted 13-Jan-2019  ·  
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QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – Only two local government units from the Bicol region were among those recognized during the 1st National Anti-Drug Abuse Performance Awards for their efforts in complementing the national government’s measures in fighting illegal drugs.

Provincial Director Uldarico Razal Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) disclosed that the province of Sorsogon and Sorsogon City, along with 218 other LGUs, were given plaques of recognition for garnering high functionality points ranging from 85 to 99 among their Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs).

The top awards went to four LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR) and 17 other outstanding LGUs nationwide recognized by the DILG) as having a perfect functionality points score in their efforts to complement the national government’s measures in fighting drugs.

Quezon City, the cities of Pasig, San Juan and Valenzuela were awarded during the 1st National Anti-Drug Abuse Performance Award held Friday, Dec. 28 at the Manila Hotel, in Manila.

In a press conference following the awarding ceremony, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said  the war against drugs can only be won when everyone “chips in” their contribution and to have a good number of LGUs as recipients of the award is a clear manifestation that the country’s illegal drugs efforts are leading to the right direction.

“Congratulations to the winners! As we award today’s recipients, we are guaranteed that we can definitely rely on the LGUs to be our reliable partners in the war against illegal drugs,” Año said.

Local ADACs play a critical role in coordination and proper monitoring of drug-related incidents within the jurisdiction of the LGU, especially the barangays.

According to the DILG Chief, 21 LGUs out of the 241 total awardees garnered the perfect score of 100 based on the functionality indicators that were used to score and measure the functionality of provincial, city and municipal ADACs.

The 21 LGUs with perfect functionality points score are: Province of Davao Oriental; Pasig City; Quezon City; City of San Juan; City of Valenzuela: City of Alaminos, Pangasinan; City of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat; Balaoan, Agoo, and San Gabriel, all in La Union; Bayambang, Pangasinan; Orani, Bagac, and Pilar, all in Bataan; Carmona, Cavite; Torrijos, Marinduque; Nunungan, Lanao del Norte; Pantukan, Compostela Valley; Surallah, South Cotabato; Columbio and Esperanze, Sultan Kudarat.

On the other hand, 220 other LGUs garnered high functionality points between 85-99.Of this number, 21 are provinces, 17 are highly-urbanized cities and independent component cities, 15 are component cities, and 167 municipalities.

The 21 LGUs will each receive P250,000 as incentive, while all of the 241 awardees will each get a plaque of recognition.

Performance audit of ADACs were based on the following criteria: organized local ADAC; implementation of ADAC Plans and Programs; fund allocation; support to ADACs in component LGUs; and conduct of quarterly meetings. The audit is being done to ensure continued performance of ADACs. (PIA-NCR)
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