Ground for removal

DILG gives incoming barangay officials to activate BADAC in 60 days

Acting Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Ano said barangay officials who failed to revitalize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) could be removed from the office.

Año said gave all the incoming barangay captains and councilors 60 days to have a functioning BADAC in their jurisdiction.

The DILG officer-in-charge said they have already filed administrative charges against officials in 16 barangays for their failure to activate the BADAC, which plays a major role in the drug-clearing operation in the barangay level.

Año said those re-elected officials who failed to activate their BADAC will be charged should they continue to remiss with their obligation.

He said the National Capital Region and the Bicol Region top the list of officials who have no functioning BADAC.

Both regions also top the list of barangay officials who are in the narco list.

For now, authorities – the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police — continue to gather evidence against the officials who are in the narco list.

“There are missing pieces that we need,” Año said. “So we are still working on it.”

Antonio Rivera, the PDEA director in Davao, said all the barangay officials in the region are active in the operation of BADAC.

Barangay officials are under Año’s Department of Interior and Local Government.

Año also announced that all newly elected barangay officials will be taking their oath of office with President Rodrigo Duterte in the end of the month.

He said the DILG and Local Government Academy will give them orientation and seminar.

“They can’t assume their post if they have not undergone that particular training,” Año said.

The former AFP chief of staff said the seminar is needed so they will know their responsibilities, including their obligation to support the President’s drive against drugs, corruption, and criminality.