Lapu-Lapu City holds 'anti-drug summit' in Bohol

THE Lapu-Lapu City Government initiated its first city-wide anti-drug summit in Panglao Island, Bohol on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

Initiated by the City of Lapu-Lapu Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Closap), the anti-drug summit was aimed to achieve highly functional anti-drug abuse councils and 30 drug cleared barangays by 2023.

Members of the city's Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac) attended the summit.

During the event, the seven barangays who have earned high passing score of the 2021 Badac functionality and effectiveness audit were recognized by the Lapu-Lapu City Government.

The seven barangays with high passing scores are Santa Rosa (96), Subabasbas (96), Bankal (95), Tingo (95), Basak (93), Sabang (92), and Punta Engano (91.50) while the rest of the barangays received moderate scores.

Jonah Pino, director of Lapu-Lapu City's DILG office, said the evaluation, which lasted almost two months, was in compliance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Dangerous Drugs Board Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-1 on the implementing Guidelines on the Functionality and Effectiveness of the local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.

Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan, in his recorded video message to the participants, is hoping that all 30 barangays will achieve the high functional Badac by 2023.

"Hopefully by 2023, our aim to achieve highly functional Badacs to all out 30 barangays will be realized," Chan said, adding that to achieve the goal, there should be close coordination with Cadac, Closap, DILG, Department of Health and City Health.

Currently, the city has one drug free -- Caohagan -- and six-drug cleared barangays -- Tingo, Baring, Subabasbas, Tungasan, Caw-oy and Sabang.

"Hopefully next year, we can have more barangays to be declared as drug free and drug cleared," Chan said, as he encouraged all 30 barangays to re-activate their respective Badacs.

Never-ending quest

Closap Executive Director Garry Lao said the anti-drug summit gathering "is a never-ending quest to drive out the drug menace from our communities, specifically in our beautiful city of Lapu-Lapu."

Lao said the office is working with law enforcement agencies and barangays in the city's war against drugs.

"We only have six drug-cleared barangays out of 30. Only seven of 30 Badacs are highly functional. We are happy with what we have accomplished so far, but the numbers do not look good," Lao said.

"This is our time. The time to act fast is now. With our partners, the government can do this. We must believe we can do this; otherwise, we would already have lost the war in our minds. Our mindsetting and attitude will be a great factor in whether we will succeed or fail," Lao added. (JKV/PR)