February 22, 2024

Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Benhur Abalos, Jr. described anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs) as “heroes” of the government’s fight against illegal drugs in the grassroots level.

The ADACs are multi-sectoral councils responsible for the formulation of plans and the implementation of local anti-drug abuse programs, projects and activities in a particular locality.

“This war would always be fought at the grassroots. And who would be the first to fight these, it’s you (ADACs). You are the heroes of our fight against illegal drugs,” he said during the 2023 ADAC Performance Awards held in Quezon City.

Abalos said ADACs play a key role in the whole-of-nation and holistic approach against illegal drugs under the department’s Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan program.

“This is a war we are fighting for our children, our future, and our country. We will continue and we still have so many things to do. Long live the champions of ADACs,” he added.

During the event, the DILG recognized 246 local government units for their remarkable accomplishments and success in the battle against illegal drugs in their respective areas.

Abalos said the awardees were chosen based on the ADAC functionality and sustainability of drug-free or drug-cleared status.

He added they were also chosen based on percentage of completion rate of graduates versus enrollees at the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program. – PNA