ILOILO CITY, (PNA) — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iloilo Provincial Office told local government units (LGUs) in the province that they have until November to resurrect their respective Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Council (BADACs).
Provincial DILG Director Teodora Sumagaysay issued the directive amid the series of arrests made by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the police of barangay officials believed to be actively involved in the illegal drug trade.
After the ultimatum has lapsed and no action has been taken by the LGUs, Sumagaysay said she will write a report to the regional DILG office and to the DILG central office.
She said that 16 municipalities across Iloilo province have not formed the anti-drug council.
In a related development, Department of Education Iloilo Provincial Schools Superintendent Myrna Castillo cautioned school officials not to take the threat posed by prohibited drugs lightly.
The presence of a single drug user in the school is enough to be a cause for alarm, she said.
Castillo said she has ordered all school principals in the province to alert the authorities of any hint that drugs have infiltrated their school premises.