45 mayors face complaints in the Ombudsman for failure to create local ADAC

45 mayors face complaints in the Ombudsman for failure to create local ADAC




Local Government Units should shape up, it seems the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ain’t gonna miss anything during his watch as head of the DILG.

Just recently the DILG filed a complaint against 45 mayors before the Office of the Ombudsman for their alleged failure or refusal to create Anti-Illegal Drugs Abuse Council (ADAC) in their specific areas.

The local governments in the barangay, municipal, and provincial levels are mandated to convene their ADACs to address first-hand drug issues in areas of their jurisdiction. 


(DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año (photo credit to PNA)



DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the first batch of complaint for the 20 mayors was filed last March 14, for the next 25 was only this week.

“Despite several directives from the DILG and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the concerned mayors still failed or refused to comply with the said orders and their towns are among those that are without an organized and functional ADAC,” Año said.

Of the 45 mayors, 15 are in the Bicol region, particularly in Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon provinces.

7 are in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), specifically in Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Lanao del Sur provinces.

5 are from Abra and Ifugao provinces, and 5 from Palawan province.

In Central Visayas, 4 mayors are in Cebu province. In Caraga, all 3 mayors are from Agusan del Norte province. There are 3 in Calabarzon -- from Laguna and Quezon provinces; 2 in Cagayan Valley – 1 in Cagayan and 1 in Nueva Vizcaya; and 1 in Eastern Samar province.

The DILG has plans to institutionalize the ADAC program by asking the help of Congress to pass a legislation on it.

Año said the government’s war on drugs is a “whole-of –government approach” and can only be won only when everyone “chips in” in their contribution.

The local governments in the barangay, municipal, and provincial levels are mandated to convene their ADACs to address first-hand drug issues in areas of their jurisdiction. 






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