CABARROGUIS, Quirino, May 27 (PIA)-The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared on Wednesday (May 22), 25 more barangays as drug-cleared in a simple ceremony spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Team Embrace and other national government offices.
Agaton Pagbilao, provincial social welfare and development officer and Team Embrace leader, said a total of 120 barangays were already declared drug-cleared and drug-free and the documents of the remaining 12 barangays are already submitted to the Regional Oversight Committee for validation.
Pagbilao also assured the continuous support of the Team Embrace to ensure complete rehabilitation of the tokhang responders.
"Our Bahay Silangan located at San Marcos is now open for those who are needing institution-based rehabilitation," Pagbilao added.
Meanwhile, PDEA Regional Director Roselyn Borja lauded the PLGU, PNP and DILG for the fast action regarding the drug clearing program saying that to be able to be declared as drug-cleared, a barangay must undergo several processes to pass the validation.
Borja urged the barangay drug abuse councils to maintain the drug-cleared status of their barangays. "Should there are resurgence of drugs in barangays that were already cleared, the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Program will issue a show cause order to these barangays concerned for them to explain and act on the resurgence of illegal drug activities within 30 days," she added.
For his part, Governor Junie Cua thanked the barangay officials and all the agencies who were behind the success of the anti drug abuse program of the provincial government.
"This is a result of our cooperation being a community united in action and our success but also the success of all the agencies concerned in the regional level," Cua said.
Cua, whose term will end on June 30, has expressed hope that the province will be cleared of drugs before it will be turned-over to the next administration under the leadership of Incoming Governor Dakila Carlo Cua. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)