Vol­un­tary drug test for as­pir­ing can­di­dates

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

DUR­ING the reg­u­lar ses­sion of the City Coun­cil last Mon­day, the leg­isla­tive body has ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion in­tro­duced by Councilor Le­an­dro Yan­got Jr. en­cour­ag­ing all can­di­dates for Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) and barangay elec­tions in the City of Baguio to take a step for­ward and vol­un­teer to un­der­take drug test­ing.

The said mea­sure stated that in the pur­suit of the City’s pro­grams against il­le­gal drugs and sub­stance abuse and ad­dic­tion, the City Gov­ern­ment is mak­ing progress in com­bat­ting this nar­cotics prob­lem with the help of the barangay of­fi­cials thru the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Coun­cil (BADAC). It like­wise spec­i­fied that the barangay of­fi­cials with the as­sis­tance of their con­stituents should pur­sue in­ten­si­fied and un­re­lent­ing ef­forts to safe­guard the well-be­ing of their com­mu­nity from the ill-ef­fects of dan­ger­ous drugs which af­fects the youth and the fu­ture of their re­spec­tive lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The said res­o­lu­tion re­ported that in a press re­lease dated March 14, 2018, the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency Na­tional Drug In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (PDEA-NDIS) said that in the Pres­i­dent’s narco-list, a large num­ber of barangay of­fi­cials were al­legedly in­volved in the drug trade.

With this, the res­o­lu­tion quan­ti­fied that it is im­per­a­tive that the pub­lic be co­op­er­a­tive and pro-ac­tive in the Pres­i­dent’s cru­sade against il­le­gal drugs so that those who de­sire to be elected as barangay of­fi­cials must be drug-free.

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