TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Valley’s Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) on Barangay Drug Clearing Program declared this week the town of Santa Praxedes and 17 other barangays in Cagayan as drug cleared and drug free.
On Monday, February 26, the ROC and Cagayan Police Provincial Office jointly declared five barangays of Rizal, Cagayan as drug-cleared and two barangays of Enrile town as drug-free.
Cagayan Valley police information officer Police Superintendent Chevalier Iringan said barangays Anagguan, Illuru Sur, Mabbang, Poblacion and Lattut of Rizal, Cagayan were declared drug-cleared; while Magalalag West and Batu were declared drug-free.
ROC Chairman and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Director Laurefel Gabales and Cagayan Valley police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino led the official joint declaration at GCT Resort, Maddarulug Sur, Enrile, Cagayan.
Andrew Vincent Pagurayan, who represented Governor Manuel Mamba as guest of honor and speaker, congratulated the barangays for their accomplishment and reminded them to maintain their status.
Pagurayan also said that the said barangays should serve as role models for the other barangays in their respective towns and province.
Meanwhile on Thursday, March 1, Santa Praxedes, Cagayan was declared drug-cleared and drug-free by the ROC.
Out of the coastal town’s 10 barangays, eight were cleared from illegal drugs. The barangays were Macatel, Capucauan, Centro 1, Centro 2, San Juan, San Miguel, Cadongdongan and Portabaga. Santa Praxedes’ barangays Salongsong and Sicul were declared free from illegal drugs.
Santa Praxedes joins Santa Teresita, another coastal town, as the only two towns in Cagayan to be drug-cleared.
PRO2 said the declaration is pursuant to the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as provided in Section 8, DDB Board Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017, otherwise known as “Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.”
In an earlier interview with media, Cagayan police chief Senior Superintendent Warren Gaspar Tolito said, in order to be declared drug-free, an area must have no records of users, pushers, farmers of marijuana, or those involved in transshipment of drugs.
Tolito also explained that, in order to be drug cleared, an area which previously had pushers and users must successfully finish rehab or be arrested, or move out of the country.
The police director also said Cagayan police aims to clear all barangays from illegal drugs before 2018 ends.
Meanwhile, Director Espino said two days before the declaration that drugs need to be treated as business in order to combat the “illegal infrastructure.
“Let us maximize efforts to neutralize big players to eventually trove the supply line that feeds on the illegal trade thus denying street level pushers and users of illegal drugs,” Espino added. Northernforum.net