Executive Order No. 15 series of 2017 dated March 6, 2017 mandated the creation of an Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) and Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force to suppress the drug problem in the country. Its primary function is to ensure that each member agency shall implement and comply with all policies, laws and issuances pertaining to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign in an integrated and synchronized manner.

Determined to materialize the organization of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) Coordinating Group (RICG) in the region, DILG Caraga Regional Office committed to sponsor the organizational meeting of the said committee and its succeeding activities for the year 2018.

As a result, the region successfully convened and organized its Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) Coordinating Group (RICG) last October 8, 2018 at Butuan Grand Palace Hotel, Butuan City.  

The organizational meeting was presided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Regional Office through its Regional Director Aileen T. Lovitos. The member agencies were represented by their respective Regional Directors or its permanent representative.

Highlighting the said activity was the discussion on the fundamentals of ICAD by Resource Speaker, Mr. Elyvenson D. Plaza, Acting Deputy Director, PDEA Plans and Operations Service and ICAD Secretariat. Further, with the valuable assistance of the resource speaker, the said regional committee was able to group together, establish the four (4) ICAD clusters, formalize its cluster leaders and members and formulate their expected output for CY 2018.

                      

Caraga Regional Office

Designation

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

RICG –Caraga Chairman Enforcement Cluster Leader

Department of the Interior and Local Government

Advocacy Cluster Leader

Department of Health

Rehabilitation and Reintegration Cluster Leader

Department of Social Welfare and Development

Rehabilitation and Reintegration Cluster Leader

Department of Justice- National Prosecution Service

Justice Cluster Leader

Armed Forces of the Philippines

Member

Bureau of Fire Protection

Member

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

Member

Commission on Higher Education

Member

Department of Agriculture

Member

Department of Budget and Management

Member

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Member

Department of Education

Member

Department of Labor and Employment

Member

Department of Trade and Industry

Member

National Bureau of Investigation

Member

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency

Member

Public Attorney’s Office

Member

Philippine Information Office

Member

Philippine National Police

Member

Parole and Probation Administration

Member

Philippine Postal Corporation

Member

Philippine Statistics Authority

Member

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

Member

Bureau of Immigration

Member

Bureau of Customs

Member

Bureau of Corrections

Member

Department of Foreign Affairs

Member

Philippine Coast Guard

Member

Philippine Ports Authority

Member

As Advocacy Cluster Leader, DILG Caraga Regional Office strongly formulated action programs specifically on the completion of the 2017 Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Audit, the upcoming Barangay Assembly on October 14, 2018, Barangay Leaders Symposium on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 19-23, 2018 in line with the celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week and Orientation and Consultative Meeting on Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) with LGUs on October 24, 2018.

            To ensure that the committee will be functional and sustainable, the members agreed to gather again on October 26, 2018 and November 23, 2018 in the same venue. Significantly on the next meetings, the clusters will need to update the committee on the progress status of their respective action plans.

            The campaign on illegal drugs should be an advocacy of everyone; of every government agency. This organizational meeting is only the beginning.  With the commitment of all member agencies, RICG-Caraga will have a big and positive contribution in the region’s fight against illegal drugs.

 

By: Suzette T. Tinampay & Renelle L. Escuadro

      ADAC Regional Technical Assistants

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