The Municipality of Baliwag, in coordination with PDEA Region 3 conducted its first Anti-Drug Summit last April 3, 2018 at the Baliwag Water District Conference Room. This one-day event was attended by the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) members and guests from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The resource speaker, Public Information Officer from PDEA Region 3, Mr. Glenn M. Guillermo discussed the role and responsibilities of BADAC in strengthening the implementation of the barangay drug clearing program. Guillermo also emphasized that the success of having a drug-cleared barangay depends on the activated and fully-functional role that the BADAC members play.
In addition, he discussed the parameters and requirements for a drug-cleared barangay and commended Brgy. Matangtubig to be the first drug-cleared barangay in Baliwag. He also encouraged the other barangays to comply and be evaluated and eventually be awarded with their certification.
Moreover, he tackled on the bad effects of the most commonly abused illegal drugs which are shabu, ecstasy and marijuana, as well as the newly found drugs that are prevalent in today’s society like the green apple, and GHB. He highlighted how toxic and lethal these drugs are to the mind and body of a person who takes it.
During the program, the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, Mr. Jayfie P. Nasarro also reminded all the barangays to review their BADAC reports and comply to the necessary requirements that need to be submitted.
In his closing remarks, the Municipal Administrator, Mr. Enrique V. Tagle mentioned how drug abuse doesn’t just destroy the life of its user but also the whole family and consequently, the entire community that is why it is a priority to vanquish it. He also reiterated the importance of the Anti-Drug Summit which aims to strengthen the commitment and campaign of the municipality to eliminate the proliferation and use of illegal drugs in all barangays and have more barangays awarded by the drug-cleared barangay certificate.