8 vil­lages in Ne­gocc de­clared drug-free

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA)-6 de­clared eight vil­lages in Ne­gros OCCIBACOLO­D den­tal free from il­le­gal drugs.

This was con­firmed yes­ter­day by PDEA-6 spokesper­son David

Gar­cia.

A to­tal of 283 barangays in West­ern Visayas were de­clared “drug-cleared” or of­fi­cially “un­af­fected” af­ter they have com­plied with all the re­quire­ments and pa­ram­e­ters set forth un­der Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board (DDB) Reg­u­la­tion No. 3 on Strength­en­ing the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of Barangay Drug Clear­ing Pro­gram (BDCP).

Of the num­ber, 35 barangays were from Ak­lan, 94 from An­tique, 30 from Capiz, seven from Guimaras, 109 from Iloilo, and eight from Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, Gar­cia said.

The dec­la­ra­tion of th­ese vil­lages came af­ter the Re­gional Over­sight Com­mit­tee (ROC) of the BDCP led by PDEA-6 of­fi­cer-in-charge Alex Tab­late con­vened with the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP), De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), De­part­ment of Health (DOH), and lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives in West­ern Visayas for its de­lib­er­a­tion and val­i­da­tion in Iloilo City on Jan­uary 31.

This year, all PDEA re­gional of­fices in the coun­try are man­dated to con­tin­u­ously im­ple­ment the pro­gram in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s vi­sion to erad­i­cate il­le­gal drugs up to the barangay level.

Gar­cia said three vil­lages were from Cadiz City, and one each from Val­ladolid, Bi­nal­ba­gan, Hi­ma­may­lan City, and San Car­los City.

He said there were no drug-free vil­lages in Bacolod, but he cited Barangay 5 as a can­di­date for a drug-free area. How­ever, it lacks one re­quire­ment for com­pli­ance.

Gar­cia said he has yet to know if a de­lib­er­a­tion and val­i­da­tion will also hap­pen this month.*

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