TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Sept. 22 (PIA) - - With the intensive anti-drug campaign of the present administration, the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Program has already cleared over 76 percent of the total drug affected barangays in the Cagayan Valley Region.
In the latest report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) region 2, Regional Director Joel Plaza said of the 2,311 barangays that were assessed as drug-affected in the region, there were already 1, 763 that were declared drug-cleared as of last month.
Quirino province was lauded for clearing all of its 132 barangays from illegal drugs affectations, followed by Batanes province with 91.10 percent drug clearing accomplishment.
Batanes was the first province nationwide to be declared as drug-cleared but recently, there were two barangays in Basco town that were again re-assessed as drug-affected.
Isabela province, on the other hand, obtained 84.18 percent drug-clearing, Nueva Vizcaya at 76 percent, while Cagayan province has recorded only 63.29 percent of drug-clearing accomplishment and Santiago City with only 51.35 percent.
As to the establishment of "Balay Silangan", Plaza said there were already 16 established in the region to include seven in Isabela, four in Nueva Vizcaya, three in Cagayan and one each in Quirino and Santiago City.
"The community-based intervention programs for reformists were enhanced because the Local Government Units as well as the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils actively supported and participated in the implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program," Plaza said.
He also said even amid the pandemic they never ceased in their mandate of running after drug traders and users, exerting effort to scale down the supply of illegal drugs in the region.
He also admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the advocacy campaigns against illegal drugs, however, they utilize social media platforms to educate the public on the ill-effects of the prohibited drugs. (BME/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)