18 Ma­bal­a­cat vil­lages de­clared drug-cleared

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MA­BAL­A­CAT CITY – Some 18 out of the 27 barangays here were de­clared drug-cleared by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

Vice-Mayor Chris­tian Halili, to­gether with the city’s chief of po­lice, Su­per­in­ten­dent Ju­ritz Rara, an­nounced the drug-cleared vil­lages dur­ing the flag rais­ing cer­e­mony last Mon­day at Ma­bal­a­cat City Hall.

The barangays in­clude Bi­cal, Pobla­cion, San Joaquin, San Fran­cisco, Ma­mati­tang, Tabun, Dolores, Santo Rosario, Sta. Maria, Man­galit,

Par­alayu­nan, Bundagul, Sa­pang Balen, Mawaque Re­set­tle­ment Cen­ter, Santa Ines, Ma­ca­pa­gal Vil­lage, Calumpang and Ca­cu­tud.

The 18 vil­lages, which passed the 14 pa­ram­e­ters of the PNP, will re­ceive a P1-mil­lion project-based in­cen­tive each from the city gov­ern­ment, Halili said.

Ac­cord­ing to Rara, the 14 pa­ram­e­ters in­clude the non-avail­abil­ity of drug sup­ply and ab­sence of drug tran­sit and tran­ship­ment ac­tiv­ity, clan­des­tine drug lab­o­ra­tory, drug ware­house, clan­des­tine chem­i­cal ware­house, mar­i­juana cul­ti­va­tion site, drug den, drug push­ers, drug users, and pro­tec­tor/cod­dler and fi­nancier, the po­lice of­fi­cial said.

To be de­clared drug free, a barangay must also have barangay of­fi­cials im­ple­ment­ing anti-drugs drive, ac­tive in­volve­ment of SK to help main­tain the drug-lib­er­ated sta­tus of the barangay.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams like drug aware­ness, pre­ven­tive ed­u­ca­tion and oth­ers and the pres­ence of a pro­cess­ing desk for sur­ren­derees will qual­ify a barangay to be de­clared as drug free.

The PNP also pre­sented some 13 in­di­vid­u­als from the third batch of sur­ren­der­ers com­pleted the pro­gram at the Ba­hay Pag­babago in Sa­pang Bi­abas from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 18.

Mayor Marino Mo­rales lauded the PNP, Ma­bal­a­cat City Anti-Drug Abuse Coun­cil, Barangay Coun­cils, Ma­bal­a­cat City Anti-Drug Abuse Move­ment, pub­lic of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees for their ef­forts to rid the city of il­le­gal drugs.

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