To ensure the continued performance of all local anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs) in the campaign against illegal drugs, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has commenced the conduct of performance audit of all provincial, city, and municipal ADACs across the country.
“Ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga ay hindi lang laban ni Pangulong Duterte, ng DILG, PNP, DDB at PDEA. Ito ay laban nating lahat dahil salot ito sa ating lipunan. Kaya dapat nating siguruhin na kasama natin ang mga pamahalaang lokal sa kampanyang ito,” says DILG OIC Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
The audit will cover all the 81 provincial, 145 city and 1,489 municipal ADACs nationwide.
In a Memorandum Circular 2018-159, Año said that all ADACs will be audited based on the following criteria, namely: organized local ADAC; conduct of quarterly meetings; allocation of funds for the implementation of anti-drug activities indicated in the Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan; implementation of ADAC plans and programs; support to ADACs in component local government units (LGUs) and; innovation.
“Kahit na puspusan ang pagkilos ng pamahalaan laban sa droga, hindi pa rin ito lubusang natutuldukan. Kailangan ng sama-samang pagkilos at aksyon lalo na ng mga ADACs para tuluyan na itong mawala,” says the DILG Chief.
The ADAC performance audit team is organized and chaired by the DILG with representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and civil society organizations (CSOs) from the regional, provincial and national offices.
“Hindi lang ang DILG ang magsasagawa ng audit sa mga ADACs. Katuwang namin dito ang ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at mga CSOs para masiguro ang integridad ng proseso at ng resulta,” says Año.
The DILG Chief explained that the Department has partnered with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in accelerating the campaign against illegal drugs in the communities by providing training and orientation for the ADACs.
Two of the main functions of ADACs are the establishment of community-based rehabilitation services and conduct of Drug Clearing Operations.
There will be five phases in the implementation of the ADAC performance audits. Phase 1 which runs from September to October 24 involves data gathering of all required means of verification and filling out of forms.
Phase 2, which will run from October 25 to November 28, involves review and verification of submitted documents and forms by the ADAC Provincial Audit Teams (APT) and ADAC Regional Audit Teams (ART).
Phase 3, which will run from November 29 to December 11, dwells on the finalization and calibration of all gathered scored and adjectival ratings of all ADACs nationwide by the ADAC National Audit Team (NAT).
On phase 4, the NAT will present the list of 2018 High Functioning ADACs based on the following metrics: high functionality (85-100 point score), moderate to high functionality (71-84 point score), moderate to low functionality (51-70 point score), and low functionality (50 points and below).
Finally, the approved list of ADAC performance metrics will be published by the DILG on December this year though the DILG website and/or print media. Likewise, the results will be communicated to the DILG Regional Offices for dissemination for LGU Certification of High Functioning ADACs.