DATE: MARCH 13, 2017

The Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) held its first meeting today at the PDEA National Headquarters in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.

The ICAD was created under Executive Order Number 15 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to suppress the drug problem in the country. The EO states that it is the priority of the government to suppress the drug problem in the country by putting behind bars the manufacturers, traffickers and peddlers of illegal drugs and by transforming drug users into productive members of society thru, among others balanced and integrated approaches of supply and demand reduction strategies under the Barangay Drug Clearing Program.

The ICAD will unify, integrate, and synchronize anti-drug efforts and strategies to holistically address the drug problem in the country. It will address the present gaps and issues encountered by various agencies mandated to implement anti-drug laws and policies to ensure effective and efficient implementation and promote an environment that is conducive to synergy among all agencies.

The ICAD is headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) with Director General Isidro S Lapeña as Chairperson and has twenty (20) members, namely the Dangerous Drugs Board; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Department of Justice; Department of Health; Department of Education; Department of Social Welfare and Development; Department of Trade and Industry; Department of Agriculture; Department of National Defense;; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Philippine Information Agency; Public Attorney’s Office; Office of the Solicitor General; Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine National Police; National Bureau of Investigation; Armed Forces of the Philippines; and Anti-Money Laundering Council.

The PDEA as Chairperson of the ICAD shall have the overall responsibility to ensure that the objectives of the ICAD and its clusters are accomplished. The ICAD has 4 clusters that focus on its major functions, particularly Enforcement; Justice; Advocacy; and Rehabilitation and Reintegration.

Among the functions of the ICAD are the following:

  1. Ensure the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high value drug personalities down to the street level peddlers and users;
  2. Spearhead and coordinate the implementation of the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action (NADPA) 2015-2020;
  3. Ensure comprehensive implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program;
  4. Ensure intensive conduct of advocacy campaign initiatives;
  5. Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the member agencies are efficiently and effectively carried out;
  6. Cleanse the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities; and
  7. Ensure that the anti-illegal drug objectives of the government are achieved.

ICAD Chairperson and PDEA Director General Isidro S Lapeña said, “The creation of the ICAD will expedite all anti-drug efforts with the goal of attaining the President’s priority objective to effectively suppress the long-standing illegal drug problem, which is a clear threat to national security, thereby affecting the moral fiber of our society, undermining the rule of law and threatening the development of the country. We will strive to achieve this before the end of this Administration’s term”.

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