Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday lauded the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Regional Peace and Order Council for acknowledging the city government for being one of the best and most effective anti-drug abuse councils in 2017.
Based on the 2017 performance audit among city and municipality anti-drug abuse councils in the National Capital Region, the DILG cited the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council for doing its utmost to combat illegal drugs, and handed Belmonte the award on the 12th Regional Peace and Order Council last Wednesday.
“I thank the people of Quezon City for their support to fight the illegal drugs. QCADAAC has many programs that have been very helpful to our anti-drug campaign,” said Belmonte, who chairs the council.
“We want to build drug-resistant communities – that even if the drugs are already being offered right in front of you, you have the guts to resist them and say no to drugs,” she added.
In November, the city recorded a total of 27,438 drug users who already surrendered, as 5,728 were referred to community-based rehabilitation centers and 3,502 others had already graduated from treatment, the vice mayor said.