6 br­gys re­main drug af­fected


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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

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