Dagupan CADAC needs to be reorganized

THE Dagupan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) still has to be reorganized to make it fully responsive.

This was revealed by P/Lt. Colonel Abubakar Mangelen Jr., at a committee hearing on a proposed ordinance to grant incentives to business establishments in the city that will be declared drug-free.  

Mangelen told Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo that the council needs to be reorganized since there are new faces in the city government, including Vice Mayor Dean Bryan Kua.

“Sana po ma-reorganized na po natin ang City Anti-Drug Abuse Council kasi makakatulong din po ito,” Mangelen said.

Tamayo said he will file a resolution in next session of the SP on August 13 requesting City Mayor Brian Lim to reorganize the CADAC.

City Secretary Ryan Ravanzo clarified that the reason perhaps why the CADAC could not be reorganized yet is because SP has not identified who should be members of local councils, including the Peace and Order Council and the CADAC.

In the same hearing, Raymond Basbas, administrative officer of the Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Bonuan, queried if Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) in Dagupan are still functioning in the face of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) report that no barangay in Dagupan is drug-cleared.

Mangelen explained the circumstances behind the PDEA claim and assured the committee that the barangays will soon be declared drug free and BADACs are active in the campaign against illegal drugs. (Leonardo Micua)                  

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