6 brgys remain drug affected
11 MORE CLEARED IN BAGUIO CITY
FROM 17, the number of drug affected barangays in Baguio City dipped to only six, according to a latest report by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Cordillera.
Declared as Drug Cleared Barangays are Campo Filipino, Dontogan, Ferdinand, GEFA/Lower Quirino-Magsaysay, Honeymoon, Pacdal, Padre Zamora, Pinsao Pilot
Project, Quezon Hill Proper, Trancoville and Upper Rock Quarry.
The remaining six slightly drug affected barangays include Middle Quirino Hill, Pinget, Bakakeng Central, Aurora Hill Proper, Camp 7, Irisan
Under the Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation Number 3 series of 2017, a barangay must comply with certain conditions in order to be declared as drugcleared.
PDEA said parameters are non-availability of drug supply, absence of drug transit or transshipment activity, absence of clandestine drug laboratory, clandestine drug warehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse, absence of marijuana cultivation site, absence of drug den, dive or resort, and absence of drug pusher, drug user/dependent, protector/coddler and financier.
In addition, the DDB Regulation requires the active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities and the involvement of SK to help maintain the drug-liberated status of the barangay.
Barangays are also urged to have drug awareness, preventive education and information, and other related programs together with the existence of a voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.
In Benguet, the Regional Oversight Committee downgraded the status of barangays Tacadang and Badeo from seriously affected to moderately affected. Both barangays are located in Kibungan, Benguet.
Meanwhile, 66 barangays within the Cordilleras were already given notices through their Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Councils on the resurgence of illegal drug activity within their area.
PDEA said the failure of the 66 barangays to take appropriate action on the notice within 30 days from receipt would be a ground to declare them as drug affected.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan meanwhile slammed PDEA after identifying the city as a marijuana producer, saying the said report was unfounded, unfair and without concrete basis.
According to the mayor, marijuana can never be produced in the city because of its limited area which makes it easy to detect plantations by the residents themselves.
Aside from marijuana, Domogan said Baguio has always been a transhipment of shabu from the lowlands to the different parts of the region. Roderick Osis