The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) confers the 1st National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Awards to 241 outstanding local government units (LGUs) with exemplary efforts, through their ADACs, in complementing the national government’s measures to eradicate the country’s illegal drugs problem.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that the war against drugs can only be won when everyone “chips in” their contribution and to have a good number of LGUs as recipients of the award is a clear manifestation that the country’s illegal drugs efforts are leading to the right direction.
“Congratulations to the winners! As we award today’s recipients, we are guaranteed that we can definitely rely on the LGUs to be our reliable partners in the war against illegal drugs,” Año says.
Local ADACs play a critical role in coordination and proper monitoring of drug-related incidents within the jurisdiction of the LGU, especially the barangays.
According to the DILG Chief, 21 LGUs out of the 241 total awardees garnered the perfect score of 100 based on the functionality indicators that were used to score and measure the functionality of provincial, city and municipal ADACs.
The 21 LGUs with perfect functionality points score are: Province of Davao Oriental; Pasig City; Quezon City; City of San Juan; City of Valenzuela: City of Alaminos, Pangasinan; City of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat; Balaoan, Agoo, and San Gabriel, all in La Union; Bayambang, Pangasinan; Orani, Bagac, and Pilar, all in Bataan; Carmona, Cavite; Torrijos, Marinduque; Nunungan, Lanao del Norte; Pantukan, Compostela Valley; Surallah, South Cotabato; Columbio and Esperanze, Sultan Kudarat.
On the other hand, 220 other LGUs garnered high functionality points between 85-99.Of this number,21 are provinces, 17 are highly-urbanized cities and independent component cities, 15 are component cities, and 167 municipalities.
The 21 LGUs will each receive P250,000 as incentive, while all of the 241 awardees will each get a plaque of recognition.
The National ADAC Performance Award is given to LGUs that achieved an adjectival rating of Ideal (high functionality) based on the 2017 ADAC Performance Audit.
Through DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-159, the DILG announced the implementation of the 2017 ADAC Performance Audit to ensure the continued performance of the ADACs using audit criteria such as organized local ADAC; implementation of ADAC Plans and Programs; fund allocation; support to ADACs in component LGUs; and conduct of quarterly meetings.