The Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in all barangays in Davao Region need some push to fully parti-cipate in the government’s war against illegal drugs, Philippine Drug Enforce-ment Agency (PDEA) 11 Regional Director Antonio Rivera said.
He said the drug councils are functioning but seemingly it’s not enough especially in urban areas, where the illegal drug trade has become a lucrative business.
“The most challenging in terms of implementation are those barangays in the urban areas. Makita nato na ang market is in the urban areas kay naa diri ang population and if you are a drug trader you will not go in the hinterlands where there is few market,” Rivera said.
Rivera however said all BADACs in Davao Region are functioning.
“We already gave them what they should do and there are some parameters and requirements na dapat nilang himoon and they are functioning however they need more pushing,” he said.
Rivera said the government’s campaign against illegal drugs has paid off. In Davao Region for instance, the supply of illegal drugs has remarkably reduced. He said the barangays’ role in Region 11 significantly helped in the campaign unlike other in Region 7 he said where it may be recalled that the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) filed a case against some barangay captains whose BDAC are largely moribund.
Rivera also said the joint efforts of the police and the military helped weakened the illegal drugs trade.
Although he could not give the exact figures, Rivera however confirmed the volume of illegal drugs in Davao Region is not that huge.
He said PDEA 11 is doing weekly monitoring including the number of buy bust operations, entrap-ment and implementation of search warrant and warrant of arrest.
The reduction of illegal drugs trade and use however is not reason for PDEA to slow down in their anti-illegal drugs operation.
He said operations will continue until the illegal activity is fully neutralized. Maya M. Padillo