By Nonoy E. Lacson
Zamboanga City – The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) is strengthening its Anti-Drug Abuse Councils to help eliminate the drug problem in the Muslim dominated region in Mindanao.
DILG-ARMM Secretary Atty. Noor Hafizullah Abdullah, provided an update on the efforts of ARMM government and the different local government units (LGUs) in the region in their fight against illegal drugs and terrorism last week.
Sec. Abdullah said there was a proposal to create a Regional Anti-Drug Abuse Council for ARMM to oversee the lower level councils, specifically provincial, municipal, city, and barangay.
As of December 2017, the regional offices of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and other law enforcement agencies have listed around 56,000 individuals in the ARMM who are coping with the drug problem.
He said the LGUs are also actively supporting the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
The DILG-ARMM, he added, has issued an order to all LGUs to conduct anti-terrorism summits and to help monitor the activities of suspicious individuals in their respective areas.
Sec. Abdullah said he is positive that LGUs in the ARMM will continue to manifest good performance in terms of administrative management and good governance this year.
“We want to make a statement that our LGUs in the ARMM are competent,” he added.