Some 51 local government units (LGUs) and four civil society organizations (CSOs) in Central Luzon have merited recognitions for their support initiatives and efforts to the government war against illegal drugs.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), chair of the Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) National Audit Team presided over the recent virtual awards rites in San Fernando City, Pampamga.
The Central Luzon awardees include the municipalities of Hermosa in Bataan, San Simon in Pampanga, and San Narciso in Zambales. They were cited for their efforts to sustain the drug-cleared status of their drug-affected barangays.
The cities and municipalities in the region that were cited for being able to maintain their drug-unaffected barangays are Abucay, Bagac, Hermosa, Limay, Pilar, and Balanga City in Bataan; Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan; Casiguran, Dilasag, Dinalungan, Dingalan, Maria Aurora, and San Luis in Aurora; Bongabon, Carranglan, Cuyapo, Talugtug, and Palayan City in Nueva Ecija; Apalit, Bacolor, Candaba, Floridablanca, Mabalacat City, Magalang, Masantol, Minalin, Porac, San Luis, Sasmuan, and Sto. Tomas in Pampanga; Bamban, Capas, Gerona, Mayantoc, Moncada, Paniqui, Pura, Santa Ignacia, Victoria, and Tarlac City in Tarlac; Botolan, Masinloc, Palauig, San Antonio, San Marcelino, San Narciso, Sta. Cruz, and Subic in Zambales.
DILG Central Luzon Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag congratulated the awardees for heeding President Duterte’s call to support the war against illegal drugs. He said DILG will continue to strengthen the LGUs in their initiatives to combat the illegal drug problem.
The four civil society groups in Central Luzon that were similarly conferred awards for their relentless anti-illegal drugs programs amid the Covid-19 pandemic are the Ako ang Saklay, Inc. in Nueva Ecija; Christian Ministerial Association of Pulilan, Inc., and Anti-Crime and Community Response Team, Inc., both in Bulacan; and the Casiguran Ministerial Fellowship in Aurora.
Daquioag said the 2020 DILG-ADAC Special Awards recognize LGUs and outstanding CSOs for their relentless and meritorious initiatives in eradicating the drug menace with drug prevention programs from 2017 to 2019.