PR192The Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) lectured on the revised guidelines in conducting barangay anti-drug clearing operations and the roles of barangay tanods in Cainta, Rizal.

Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. discussed the national drug situation, to give the participants an overview on the present and changing dynamics of the illegal drug problem in the country, and the duties and responsibilities of Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO), or regular tanods, in the prevention of drug-pushing and drug abuse in their communities. 

The one-day orientation seminar was held on April 22, 2015 at Greenland Social Hall, Greenland Subdivision, Barangay San Juan, Cainta, Rizal with 86 participants from different Barangay Councils, Barangay Striking Force, BPSO, Homeowner’s Officials and the Cainta Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC).

The seminar is supplemented by the issuance of Memorandum Circular 2012-94 by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the end view of achieving an integrated approach to eliminate proliferation and use of illegal drugs by strengthening the city, municipality and the barangay anti-drug abuse councils, or BADACs.

To accelerate efforts against the proliferation of illegal drugs in drug-affected barangays, BADACs were deputized and empowered to implement strategic policies on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the barangay to administer the affairs of the community.

“There is a need to give importance to the roles of barangay tanods in maintaining peace and order in our barangays. They will remain as PDEA’s force multipliers at the community and street levels to check any type of drug-related incidents,” Cacdac said.

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