By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has named the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) as the most effective anti-drug abuse advisory group in the country.
Cited for having a “high functionality rate” on its anti-drug abuse program, Quezon City earned its latest national prize as it led 240 other awardees in the DILG’s first list of local government units (LGUs) that have “best practices and programs in the anti-illegal drug campaign.”
Aside from drafting a comprehensive anti-drug code for the city, QCADAAC successfully transformed 23 barangays into becoming drug-free communities.
Some 560 drug “surrenderees” in the city have also undergone rehabilitation programs.
QC Anti-Drug Committee chairperson Councilor Gian Sotto acknowledged the efforts of the city government as well as its partner civil society and religious groups in trying to rid the city of illegal drugs.
Sotto cited Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as QCDAAC for saving and resurrecting the lives of illegal drug victims and helping them become productive members of the society.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año commended the LGUs for their support and effort in their drive against illegal drugs.
“The war on drugs is fought in the LGU level and we are satisfied with the phase of LGUs in drug war,” Año said.