• 04/19/2019
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DILG SUES 51 MAYORS FOR UNORGANIZED AND LOW ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS



The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sued 51 mayors over their failure to create anti-drug abuse councils (ADAC), the Philippine News Agency reported.

 

The agency filed administrative cases against the mayors of the following areas at the Office of the Ombudsman for their misconduct and dereliction of duty.

 

Non-compliant:

  1. Province of Tawi-tawi
  2. Lacub, Abra
  3. Burdeos, Quezon
  4. San Narciso, Quezon
  5. Sariaya, Quezon
  6. Lopez, Quezon
  7. Perez, Quezon
  8. Rizal, Palawan
  9. Kalayaan, Palawan
  10. Taytay, Palawan
  11. Quezon, Palawan
  12. Tagkawayan, Quezon
  13. City of Toledo, Cebu
  14. San Francisco, Cebu
  15. Irosin, Sorsogon
  16. Santa Magdalena, Sorsogon
  17. Magallanes , Sorsogon
  18. Langiden, Abra
  19. Lagangilang, Abra
  20. San Isidro, Northern Samar
  21. Las Navas, Northen Samar
  22. City of Borongan, Eastern Samar
  23. Malabang, Lanao del Sur
  24. Kapai, Lanao del Sur
  25. Manabo, Abra
  26. Pidigan, Abra
  27. Licuan-Baay, Abra

28 Tagaloan II, Lanao del Sur

  1. Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur
  2. Marogong, Lanao del Sur
  3. Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur
  4. Marantao, Lanao del Sur
  5. Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya
  6. Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya
  7. Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya
  8. Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya
  9. Aritao , Nueva Vizcaya
  10. Alfonso Castaneda, Nueva Vizcaya
  11. Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
  12. Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya
  13. Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
  14. Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya

 

Low functionality:

  1. Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan
  2. Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat
  3. Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao
  4. Ampatuan, Maguindanao
  5. Maguing, Lanao del Sur
  6. Lasam, Cagayan
  7. San Fernando, Cebu
  8. Bay, Laguna
  9. Camiling, Tarlac

 

According to DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri, a local government unit with no functioning anti-drug council has no resources to establish a community-based rehabilitation center while the non-compliant ones scored zero in their performance ratings.

 

Echiverri said this move would prompt other towns to form and/or strengthen their ADACs in their respective jurisdictions.

 

The creation of an ADAC, he said, symbolizes their commitment and collective action to get rid of illegal drugs.

 

In the complaint, the agency stressed that the failure of the respondent to create the local ADAC can be classified as a misconduct in office or a dereliction of duty which is among the grounds for discipline, suspension, or removal from office of a local official.”

 

Previously, Echiverri urged local officials to organize their anti-drug council as mandated by law. “We will leave it to the Ombudsman to decide on the punishment, the lightest is reprimand, one is suspension, or the worst — removal.”

The first batch of the complaints was filed against 20 mayors on March 14 while the second batch against another 25 was lodged on March 20. (PNA)

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