Eliminating crimes by fighting drug abuse

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By Rose Jessica Octaviano

A Sound Mind

Monday, August 4, 2014


ON JUNE 24, 1985, then minister of the Department of National Defense, as chair of the Peace and Order Council, and then minister of Local Government, sent a memorandum to all provinces, cities and municipalities to organize the “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Committee” as drug addiction and abuse was becoming a prevailing problem.

The following year, in Bacolod, acting Mayor Amado Parreño Jr. issued executive order to create the “Bacolod City Anti-Drug Council.”

The council was composed of the mayor, a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the Bacolod City Police, the DepEd division superintendent, City Fiscal, City Health Officer, City Social Welfare Officer, the Youth and Sports Development Council, NOPSSCEA, Guidance and Counselling Group, Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), the Negros Press Club and the BAC-UP Foundation.

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The PMHA Bacolod-Negros Occidental Chapter has been an active member of the council since 1986. The association believes that drug addiction and abuse is an important mental health issue.

The council was renamed the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) years later. The council would meet at least twice a year to organize activities for the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Month every November.

Last December, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella issued an executive order “reconstituting the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC)” this year.

The executive order stated that CADAC is committed to pursue vigorously the eradication of the drug menace and ensure the safety and total well-being of the citizens from all forms of drug-related crimes in the city.

The present council is composed of the Mayor Puentevella as chairperson, the director of the Bacolod City Police Office as vice chairperson, while the members are: SP Finance Committee head and representatives from the DILG, DepEd, DSWD, City Health, PDEA, Press Information Office, Probation Office, REACH Foundation and the PMHA.

Interested agencies are also invited to join.

The CADAC met last July 9 to talk about plans to give orientations on drug abuse and prevention to the 61 barangays in Bacolod City.*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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