Pam­panga anti-drug bod­ies re­or­ga­nized

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— All Barangay An­tiCDrug Abuse Com­mit­tees (Badac) in Pam­panga’s 505 vil­lages have been re­or­ga­nized for a height­ened cam­paign at the grass­roots level, gath­er­ing here on Fri­day for a sum­mit or­ga­nized by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo and ad­min­is­tra­tion sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates Fran­cis To­lentino, Ron­ald de la Rosa and Bong Go en­cour­aged Badac mem­bers to never rest in ef­forts to clear vil­lages of pro­hib­ited drugs.

“There can be no real eco­nomic growth with­out a sta­ble peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion,” said To­lentino who pre­sented him­self as “Tol ng Bayan.”

The for­mer Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity chair also pushed for 10 years old as age of crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity. To­lentino re­minded Badac that the anti-drug cam­paign was an ef­fort of many people. “It takes a vil­lage to raise a good child,” he sai d .

De la Rosa, for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, said he was run­ning for the Se­nate to help Pres­i­dent Duterte’s drive to make the coun­try free from il­le­gal drugs and the crimes these breed.

De la Rosa, also known as Bato, told Badac mem­bers to “guard and pro­tect the fam­ily” as a strat­egy in keep­ing young people away from drugs. He sang to re­mind the youth they were his rea­sons for run­ning for pub­lic of­fice.

Go, for­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant to Pres­i­dent Duterte, arrived late for the 1 p.m. pro­gram, hav­ing vis­ited fam­i­lies who sur­vived a large fire in Orani, Bataan. Go said he would create more Malasakit Cen­ters to help in the med­i­cal needs of the poor.

Based on a joint me­moran­dum cir­cu­lar in Jan­uary 2018, the Badac now con­sists of the barangay cap­tain as chair, the vil­lage coun­cilors who head the peace and or­der and chil­dren and fam­ily af­fairs com­mit­tees, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan chair, the chief of barangay tan­ods, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion or faith-based group, and the area’s chief of po­lice as ad­viser.

An au­dit of Badac per­for­mance in 2017 showed many Pam­panga Badacs to have low to mod­er­ate func­tion­al­ity.

Vice Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda urged var­i­ous sec­tors to as­sist Badacs to help them ac­com­plish and im­prove their tasks.

Gov­er­nor Lilia Pineda said the anti-drugs cam­paign should be a con­tin­u­ing drive. “If you go easy, drug syn­di­cates, ped­dlers and users come back. Our vil­lages need to be safe,” said the out­go­ing gov­er­nor.

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