THE Bacolod City Council approved on third and final reading the Ordinance Creating the Bacolod Anti-Drug Youth Task Force.
The ordinance was authored by Councilor Israel Salanga, chairperson of the City Council committee on tourism.
Salanga said the ordinance was originally titled an “Ordinance Institutionalizing the Barkada Kontra Droga Program of the Dangerous Drugs Board in all private and public schools, colleges and universities in Bacolod City.”
“The ordinance will be effective this year, and this will be implemented in all public and private schools in Bacolod City. This will become part of the program of the Department of Education that will involve students through the formation of an organization,” he said.
He added the organization will have its set of elected officers who will be empowered by the city government.
Salanga noted that this will be a partnership between the city, DepEd and the Commission on Higher Education for the massive campaign against illegal drugs.
Among the activities included are a fun run, training and seminars for officers in various schools, and a contest to increase the awareness of the youth about drugs.
Salanga disclosed that it’s his first ordinance that he had authored and it’s very memorable to him.