Statement of the DILG on the Appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD)

Usec. Jonathan E. Malaya

The Department of the Interior and Local Government welcomes the appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). We are ready to assist the Vice President in her new task. After all, the objective is the same -- to eliminate the drug problem in our country.

As Co-Chair of the ICAD, the Vice President can provide leadership and guidance to all government agencies to meet the following objectives of the ICAD, among others, as provided in E.O. 15, s. 2017, namely:

1. Advocacy campaign initiatives against illegal-drugs on the community level;
2. Barangay anti-drug clearing operations;
3. Cleansing the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drugs;
4. Community-based Drug Rehabilitation Program.

The DILG together with the DOH and DSWD is lead in the illegal-drug demand reduction campaign so we feel that it is in the area of illegal-drug demand reduction that the Vice President can make a significant contribution.

Aside from those, the Vice President can also provide us with fresh ideas and alternative strategies on how to handle the anti-illegal drug campaign, thus, we look forward to working with her closely in this regard.

The DILG directs all agencies under it -- the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs), Peace and Order Councils (POCs), all Local Government Units and other attached agencies -- to provide the necessary assistance to the Vice President as she takes on her new responsibility.


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