By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that candidates in the May 14 polls with illegal drug links have no place in public service.
With the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) last April 14, DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said “Do your country a favor. Do not even consider the thought of filing your certificate of candidacy for any position in the coming barangay and SK elections.
“Don’t use public office to cover up your involvement in narco trade. Don’t corrupt public funds for your crimes. Not under the watch of President Duterte. Not under my watch in the DILG,” Año said.
The filing of COC for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election (BSKE) is slated until April 20, 2018.
Año underscored the importance of electing barangay officials who have no involvement in illegal drugs because they will head the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) in their respective localities.
He added one of the responsibilities of the BADAC is to plan, strategize, implement and evaluate programs and projects on drug abuse prevention in the barangay as well as to organize and orient BADAC Auxiliary Teams on their roles and functions and in formulating plans of action to address the problem.
“How can one have the moral authority to spearhead the drive against illegal drugs in their barangays if they themselves are tagged as protectors, financiers or users?” he asked.
The DILG chief added BADACs are also expected to coordinate and collaborate with other institutions like the PNP and the municipal or city governments in implementing programs and projects on drug abuse prevention at the barangay level.
DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya also urged the public to support the DILG’s campaign for “Matino, Mahusay, at Maaasahang” Barangay and SK Officials to encourage the public to vote for good leaders in the May polls.
He reiterated that the DILG has come up with a guide which is a checklist of traits that they should look for in choosing their would-be barangay and SK candidates whether they are matino, mahusay, at maaasahan.