May 24, 2024

Eight out of the 128 barangays in Baguio City were rated with low performance during the conduct of the 2023 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (Badacs) performance assessment by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Results of the assessment conducted in June 26 to 29 and July 10 to 12 for 2022 were presented during the joint quarterly meeting of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) and the City Peace and Order Council recently.

Barangays with low performance rating of their Badacs are Campo Filipino, Cresencia Village, Harrison-Claudio Carantes, Upper Magsaysay, Military Cut-off, Pucsusan, North Sanitary Camp, and South Sanitary Camp.

Badacs are being assessed to ensure the continuous improvement of performance in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of anti-illegal drug activities using a 10-point key indicator rating system.

For the six barangays with low compliance, the key indicators unmet include the regular conduct of monthly meetings; non-implementation of drug abuse prevention advocacy campaigns as well as non-implementation of community-based intervention for persons who use drugs (PWUDs).

Military Cut-off was also the lone barangay unable to comply with the mandatory creation or reorganization of its Badac.

In the organization of Badac Auxiliary Team (BAT), five barangays failed, specifically Balsigan, Lower Rock Quarry, Outlook Drive, and Apugan-Loakan.

On the establishment of Barangay Referral Desk with designated duty officer, six barangays failed: Pinsao Pilot Project, Upper QM, Malcolm Square, Military Cut-off, Irisan, and South Sanitary Camp.

On the organization of house clusters with designated cluster leader, six barangays failed: Pinsao Pilot Project, Apugan-Loakan, SLU-SVP, San Luis Village, Pinsao Proper, and ABCR.

For the allocation of fund, six barangays failed: Balsigan, Cresencia Village, Harrison-Carantes, Asin, North Sanitary Camp, and Kayang Hilltop.

For the implementation of drug clearing operations, 12 barangays failed: Pucsusan, Campo Filipino, Cresencia Village, East Quirino Hill, Military Cut-off, Quezon Hill Proper, North Sanitary Camp, South Sanitary Camp, Upper Magsaysay, Brookside, Manuel Roxas, and Outlook Drive.

On the implementation of community-based intervention for PWUDs, 23 barangays failed. These are Brookside, Campo Filipino, Cresencia Village, Dontogan, Happy Hallow, Imelda R. Marcos, Irisan, Kagitingan, Lopez Jaena, Lualhati, Upper Magsaysay, Manuel A. Roxas, Military Cut-off, Outlook Drive, Pucsusan, Quezon Hill Proper, East Quirino Hill, San Luis Village, San Roque Village, North Sanitary Camp, South Sanitary Camp, SLU-SVP Housing Village, and South Drive.

On implementation of drug abuse prevention advocacy campaigns, 37 barangays out of 128 failed: ABCR, Asin Road, Aurora Hill North Central, Bal-Marcoville, Brookside, Brookspoint, Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp, Camp 8, Cresencia Village, Lower Dagsian, Dizon Subdivision, Ferdinand, Lower General Luna, Upper General Luna, Guisad Surong, Harrison-Claudio Carantes, Holy Ghost Proper, Irisan, Kayang Hilltop, Lopez Jaena, Upper Magsaysay, Manuel A. Roxas, Military Cut-off, West Modernsite, New Lucban, Outlook Drive, Phil-Am, Pinget, Pinsao Pilot Project, Pucsusan, East Quirino Hill, San Luis Village, San Vicente, South Sanitary Camp, Session Road Area, and SLU-SVP.

On the conduct of monthly meetings by Badac, 64 barangays out of the 128 failed to comply.

Sixty-four percent or 82 barangays were rated with high performance while 30 percent or 38 barangays were rated with moderate functionality.

Compared to the 2022 performance rating, the DILG assessment report said the Badacs in the city improved from 45 high compliance barangays to 82 out of 128; and the low compliance barangays from 21 to eight. Of the 62 moderate compliance barangays, it was down to 38 this year attributed to the increase in high compliance rating.

The annual assessment of Badac performance is in line with the priorities of the current admi-nistration to continue the campaign against illegal drugs within the ambit of the law and with respect to human rights.

The DILG field offices continuously aim to enjoin all the barangays to revitalize and strengthen the capacities of their respective Badacs and ensure its functionality and effectiveness. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan