DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Vice President Leni Robredo would be an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign, after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Robredo has the competency to address the need to reduce public demand for illegal drugs, citing her work in government and with various organizations and sectors over the years.
The DILG, along with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, leads the illegal drug demand reduction campaign. The DILG oversees local anti-drug abuse councils and their operations.
Malaya said the DILG identified the following areas where the Vice President could help with:
- Comprehensive barangay-based drug reduction program
- Functionality of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council
- Advocacy campaign on anti-illegal drugs
- Campaign to remove government employees who are involved in illegal drugs
Malaya said these are some of the functions of the ICAD, but they are open to fresh ideas from the Vice President.
He reiterated that the ICAD is the Cabinet-level committee that runs the anti-illegal drug campaign, and that if the Vice President fails in doing the job, the entire campaign will fail as well.
According to Malaya, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año had told all the attached agencies of the DILG to provide the necessary assistance to the Vice President. – Rappler.com