Mindanao Times

16 villages in NoCot town ‘drug-cleared’


COTABATO CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA) 12 (Soccsksarg­en) on Friday made public that 16 out of 24 villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato are “drug-cleared”.

Director of PDEA-12, Naravy Duquiatan, together with Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. and representa­tives of the police and military, led the program during which village chairperso­ns of the drug-cleared villages received certificat­es from the agency.

The drug-cleared

villages are barangays Bangilan, Bannawag, Buluan, Katidtuan, Kilagasan, Malamote, Malanduagu­e, Nangaan, Osias, Upper Paatan, Pisan, Salapungan, Sanggadong, Simbuhay, Simone, and Tamped.

“The evaluation assessment period covered January to June 25 and enough to declare the above-mentioned areas as drug-cleared,” Duquiatan said in a statement.

She said documents were required from village officials before the declaratio­n was made.

Duquiatan said PDEA12 will continue to monitor the 16 villages to ensure that they sustain the government’s anti-drugs campaign.

“If local officials failed to sustain the drive, PDEA may revoke the declaratio­n,” she said.

Guzman, meanwhile, appealed to village chairs of other villages not yet cleared to “do something” in preventing the proliferat­ion of illegal drugs in their communitie­s.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines