QC anti-drug abuse coun­cil best in NCR

Manila Times - - News - JAIME R. PILAPIL

THE Que­zon City gov­ern­ment has one of the best and most ef­fec­tive anti-drug abuse coun­cils (ADAC) based on the 2017 per­for­mance au­dit among city and mu­nic­i­pal­ity anti- drug abuse coun­cils in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ( DILG) Re­gional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil.

Vice Mayor Joy Bel­monte re­ceived the award dur­ing the 12th Re­gional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day where she proudly stated that the Que­zon City Anti-Drug Abuse Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (QCADAAC) has been do­ing its best to com­bat il­le­gal drugs in the city.

“We thank our con­stituents in Que­zon City for their sup­port in our drive against il­le­gal drugs. We have so many pro­grams in QCADAAC which turned suc­cess­ful,” Bel­monte said.

“We want to build drug re­sis­tant com­mu­ni­ties. ‘Yungkahit andiyanna‘yung­dro­gasa­hara­pan to say ‘no’ to drugs (that even when the drugs is in front of them, they would have the strength to say ‘no’),” she added.

In Novem­ber this year, Bel­monte said the city recorded 27,438 drug users who al­ready sur­ren­dered. Of this num­ber, 5,728 were re­ferred to com­mu­nity-based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion while 3,502 oth­ers have fin­ished treat­ment.

The Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) also de­clared that Que­zon City has 23 drug-free vil­lages.

Some of the pro­grams im­ple­mented by Bel­monte were pre­ven­tive ed­u­ca­tion and val­ues for­ma­tion in schools, and Barkada Kon­tra Droga where the youth are al­lowed to en­gage in cam­paigns that counter the ef­fects of il­le­gal drug abuse.

There are also Barangay An­tiDrug Abuse Coun­cils that work hand-in-hand with QCADAAC and the Que­zon City Po­lice Dis­trict in barangay drug clear­ing op­er­a­tions.

QC was awarded first place to­gether with the cities of San Juan, Valen­zuela and Pasig

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