ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing (ROCBDC) has declared another four barangays cleared of drugs following thorough deliberations Monday at City Hall.
Mayor John Dalipe said Tuesday the new entrants brought the number of drug-cleared villages in this city to 21.
Dalipe said the four villages declared as drug-cleared following thorough deliberation include the barangays of Mangusu, Panubigan, Taguiti and Tumitus.
“The officials of the four barangays successfully presented their respective anti-illegal drugs campaign to the committee,” he said.
“They also presented documentary evidence on both past and ongoing intervention programs to rehabilitate identified persons who use drugs (PWUDs) in their respective barangays,” the mayor added.
Only one barangay, Pangapuyan, has been declared as unaffected, which means it has not ever been plagued or beset by any illegal drug activities.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said barangays that are drug cleared means that all known drug personalities are already accounted and were given proper intervention programs.
The deliberation Monday was spearhead by PDEA Regional Director Emerson Margate.
The ROCBDC is composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government, PDEA, Police Regional Office-9 and the Department of Health. (PNA)