Mindanao Times

64 villages in city now drug-cleared


FOUR more barangays in the city are now cleared from illegal drugs this year, the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA) XI said.

With this, the city now has 64 drug-free barangays, reducing the drug-affected barangays to 118.

Nephi Noli Dimaandal, PDEA XI spokespers­on, yesterday said the barangays of Saloy in Cali( nan District and Inayangan in Marilog District were declared drug-cleared last Nov. 11. The barangays of Sirib and Dacudao, both in Calinan District, were

declared last May 30.

Dimaandal said under Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3 series of 2017, a barangay may be declared as “drug-cleared” if there is non-availabili­ty of drug supply; absence of drug den, pusher, user; absence of clandestin­e drug laboratory; active involvemen­t of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; existence of drug awareness, preventive education and informatio­n; and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilita­tion processing desk.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the DDB regulation also prescribes the three-phase clearing of drug-affected barangays starting with the “pre-operation phase” or laying of groundwork and bases for effective and sustainabl­e clearing operations.

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