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Friday, January 22, 2016

PNP revitalizes BADACs in Dipolog
By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – A revitalization seminar has been conducted Wednesday to some 48 members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), barangay council officials and “tanods” as well as purok sectoral leaders of Barangay Dicayas by the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Dipolog Police Station.

This activity sought to revitalize the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) in pursuance of Memorandum Circular No. 2015-63 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) underscoring the primary responsibilities of local authorities especially the barangay officials in addressing peace and order problems and more particularly illegal drugs.

“This is the reason why we continuously apprehend suspects of numerous drug-related cases in the city,” SPO3 Zotico E. Calago, chief of Police Community Relations (PCR) unit said in telephone interview.

The BADAC through its committee on operations shall prepare and maintain a confidential list of suspected users, pushers, financiers and/or protectors of illegal drug trade in their respective jurisdiction to be submitted to the police station.

Moreover, Calago stressed that the members of the council are the informant that will make immediate report through text messaging of any suspicious activity in their area to be sent to the city police station’s hotline numbers.

The said council through its committee on advocacy shall also conduct consultative meetings with the organizations in the barangay such as the Parents Teachers Community Association (PTCA), youth groups, boy and girl scouts, religious organizations, senior citizens, Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) and other organizations to get their commitment to assist in curbing the drug problem.

“In this strategy, we are conducting information campaign to communities in order to raise the awareness of residents and to involve them through active participation in reporting of suspicious activities and criminalities to PNP. Because of this, we can prevent and solve criminal incidents in the community,” Calago maintained.