Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan directed all 188 barangays to drum up community-based participation in the revitalized Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out war against illegal drugs and crime at the barangay level.
Local officials including those in the barangay level were assigned as the first line of defense against illegal drugs and crime.
Malapitan said the Badac must disseminate information on illegal drugs and formulate plans and programs to prevent its proliferation in their barangays. It must monitor dug cases, make confidential lists of suspected users, pushers, financiers and protectors, and maintain a rehabilitation or referral desks for users wanting treatment for addiction.
Barangay leaders who fail to do their tasks in the Badac face administrative cases for dereliction of duty under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act. They will also face criminal cases if they are found to be using or selling illegal drugs, or protecting drug traders.
The chief of police serves as Badac adviser.
DILG Memorandum 2015-63, issued on June 2016, intensified the Badac, which is headed by the barangay captain and the kagawad leading the peace and order committee.
Its members include heads of women and family council, Sangguniang Kabataan, public school principals, head of the village watchmen (tanod), and representatives of non-government organizations and faith-based groups.