DIVILACAN, Isabela-The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 2 upon the recommendation of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (MADACs) has formally declared the two coastal towns in this province as drug-free municipalities.
After records showed that the coastal towns of Maconacon and Divilacan have been cleared of drug users and pushers, the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) through Resolution No. 3 Series of 2017 with the recommendation from the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Program led by PDEA Regional Director Laurafel Gabale, these towns were declared as drug-free municipalities in June 28.
The declaration was attended by Jonathan Paul Leusen Jr, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Isabela Police Office Chief S/Supt. Reynaldo Garcia and several other ranking officials of IPPO and Police Regional Office (PRO).
Also present during the formal declaration were Maconacon Mayor Ma. Lycelle Kate Vicente and Divilacan Mayor Venturito Bulan, members of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.
Gabales said the 10 barangays of Maconacon namely Minanga, Sta. Martia, Eleanor, Canadam, Lita, Mercedes, Diana, Aplaya, Fely and Malasin and the 12 barangays of Divilacan namely Bicobian, Dibulos, Dicambangan, Dicaruyan, Dicatian, Dilakit, Dimapnat, Dimapula, Dimasalansan, Dipudo, Ditarun and Sapinit have completed the parameters set forth by the DDB on Barangay Clearing Program.
Gabales challenged the local officials and police in the said two Isabela coastal towns to maintain the status as drug-free municipalities and guard their own jurisdictions top prevent the occurrence of illegal drug activities. Merlito Egdale/PIA