No drug-free barangay in Cagayan says PDEA 2

  • August 08, 2017
  • Mark Djeron C. Tumabao

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, August 8, (PIA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) region 2 during the Cagayan Peace and Order Council Meeting here bared that no barangay in this province is declared drug-free.

 

PDEA Regional Director Laurefel Gabales said based on the new parameters released by the Drug Dangerous Board (DBB) on March 2017, there are only 10 barangay declared as drug-free in the region except for the barangays in Batanes province which earned the distinction of being the country’s first province proclaimed hard drugs-free upon the verification and approval of members of the Oversight Committee.

 

He said the many barangays declared as drug-free in Cagayan were only initiatives of the different chiefs of police.

 

“The PDEA, being the head of the oversight committee is the only authorize agency to declare a barangay as drug-free,” he told the Mayors present during the meeting.

 

The Oversight Committee, which is chaired by PDEA, is composed of provincial representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs).

 

“Before declaring that a barangay is free from illegal drug activities, the committee must convene and validate the non-availability of drug supply in the area and the absence of drug transit activity, clandestine drug laboratory and chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den, drug pusher and user," said Gabales.

 

Pursuant to the parameters set forth by the 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”, a barangay is said to be drug-affected when there is a reported presence of drug user, pusher, manufacturer, marijuana cultivator or other drug personalities and facilities regardless of number in the area.

 

There are three basic parameters in determining barangay drug-affectation: slightly affected, moderately affected, and seriously affected. Barangays are considered slightly affected if there is a reported presence of less than two percent of barangay’s total population are drug personality; moderately affected if there is a reported presence of two percent to 20 percent of a barangay’s total population are drug personality; and seriously affected if at least one drug laboratory, den, dive or resort, marijuana plantation, more than 20 percent of barangay's total population are drug personality, and three or more drug dens or tiangges, are reported to exist in the community.

 

On the other hand, Governor Manuel Mamba, has instructed the different mayors in the province to coordinate with the barangay captains of the previously declared drug-free barangays in their towns to remove the tarpaulins posted in their barangay halls declaring them as drug-free.

 

Mayor Shalimar Tumaru of Aparri town here, for her part, has requested the PDEA and DILG to give the different Mayors and Chiefs of Police a copy of the new parameters of the DBB for better coordination to the barangay captains. (MDCT/PIA 2 – Cagayan )

 

 

 


Other News

DepEd, other agencies participate in the HDPR Community Forum and Serbisyo Caravan
  • August 21, 2017
PASIG CITY, Aug. 21 – To ensure that students, parents, and other stakeholders have the necessary information on its priority programs and projects, the Department of Education (DepEd) participated at the Community Forum and Serbisyo Caravan held on 12 August 2017 at the Commonwealth Elementary School in Quezon City.   With the theme, Edukasyon, Kalusugan, at Proteksyon, this inter-agency initiative aimed to bring government services directly to the people from the various government agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) Cabinet Cluster.   The ...Read more
DepEd inks pacts with educ partners, receives donations for learners
  • August 21, 2017
PASIG CITY, Aug. 21 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones expressed her gratitude toward various education partners for always putting high value and extending help and assistance to the education sector.   The Education Chief conveyed this during the ceremonial turnover of donations for learners and signing of Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with DepEd partners on 10 August 2017 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.   “DepEd is feeling very blessed and spoiled because we are always number one whenever a business in...Read more
ALC Foundation celebrates World Bamboo Day with ​​‘Camp Kawayan’ bamboo planting event
  • August 21, 2017
  Got nothing to do this September? Are you looking for an exciting adventure with a cause for your family and squad? Join Kawayanihan 2017: Camp Kawayan and be a bamboo warrior!   In celebration of World Bamboo Day 2017, ALC Foundation is organizing a bamboo planting trail dubbed as “Camp Kawayan” under its Kawayanihan project. The half-day event hopes to gather around 2,000 volunteers from Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and South Luzon along the riverbanks of San Mateo, Rizal (starting from Dulongbayan 1) on 23 September 2017, 6 am onwards.   It is hoped that this uni...Read more
Exclusive breastfeeding campaign continues in CDO
  • August 21, 2017
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) – In an episode of Talakayan sa PIA on 15 August 2017, Department of Health (DOH) region 10 explained the importance of mothers giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn up to six months. This is a crucial stage wherein a mother’s milk is what the baby needs and nothing else. Apart from that, this is where the baby gets all the nutrients and immunity to survive the world outside the womb. Gilda Ajoc, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Program Coordinator of DOH region 10 shared that some mothers might think that they don’t have the milk or ...Read more