ONE of the top priorities of the crusading Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30 next year, has been the eradication of illegal drugs, along with official graft and corruption, and criminality.
And a pro-administration member of Congress, Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, believes that the Philippines may still be transformed into a drug-free country before President Duterte leaves Malacanang.
To attain this, the hard-hitting senator from impoverished Mindanao, a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), now wants to institutionalize the establishment of Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs).
The proposed creation of ADACs in all provinces across the country is embodied in Senator Dela Rosa’s Senate Bill (SB) 1952, which is pending consideration in the Upper Chamber of Congress.
ADAC is a multi-sectoral body composed of local officials and representatives of various community organizations tasked to lead the implementation of all local anti-drug abuse programs, projects and activities.
Dela Rosa said “active and unified involvement of various government and non-government agencies is necessary to sustain and ensure that all local government units (LGUs) will be free from illegal drug activities.”
The ADACs will act as the main implementing organs for the prevention, rehabilitation and monitoring of drug dependency cases in the country, according to the workaholic policeman-turned-legislator.
The proposed piece of legislation, he said, will go a long way in transforming the Philippines into a “drug-free” Southeast Asian country before the end of the six-year presidency of Duterte.
Thus, members of Congress – senators and congressmen – have no choice but to hasten the approval of RA No. 1952, which seeks to institutionalize anti-drug abuse councils in the country.
Let’s act now – and fast!