That’s the bayanihan spirit! QC enlists barangay volunteers to fight drugs

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The Quezon City local government is stepping up the campaign against illegal drugs by enlisting the assistance of volunteers at the barangay level.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte recently led the oath-taking of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) volunteers.

She said BADAC volunteers are expected help in reporting drug incidents and cases, facilitating an information campaign through their families and communities, and implementing programs that prevent drug addiction.

“Kailangan din natin ang tulong ng mga senior citizen at mga retirees, mga kabataan at mga estudyante, mga magulang, mga homeowners’ associations, at iba pa na maaaring may mga bagong ideya para makatulong sa kampanya kontra iligal na droga,” Belmonte said.

According to a 2004 memorandum from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), barangay anti-drug councils are required to form a BADAC Auxiliary Team (BAT) to strengthen anti-drug efforts at the grassroots level and further involve all residents in reducing drug-related crimes.

The BAT must be composed of at least 25 members per 2000 residents of the barangay.