The City Hall of Zamboanga. (PNA) file photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) has approved to increase the cash incentives for drug-cleared barangays from PHP50,000 to PHP100,000.

Mayor John Dalipe, who chairs the CADAC, said Wednesday the decision to raise the incentives aims to encourage as well as to incentivize efforts of the barangays in the fight against illegal drugs.

“The efforts against illegal drugs can be through intervention programs to include rehabilitation of identified persons who use drugs in their area of responsibility,” Dalipe said in a statement.

Based on local government records, at least 38 barangays are current candidates for the declaration of drug-cleared barangays in the city by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing (ROCBDC).

If approved, they will join the 17 other barangays, including one unaffected barangay, earlier declared by the ROCBDC as drug-cleared barangays.

Meanwhile, the CADAC likewise approved early this week a resolution increasing the incentive for highly functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) from PHP20,000 to PHP50,000.

The determination of a highly functional BADAC is based on the sustained efforts of the barangays to retain their status as drug-cleared areas.

The high functionality audit is done by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (PNA)