QC anti-drug abuse council best in NCR
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