10 Maguindanao barangays now drug-free – PDEA

MANILA-- Some 10 barangays in the province of Maguindanao have been cleared in illegal drugs, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said.

These are barangays Talisawa, municipality of Abdullah Sanki; Borongotan, municipality of Upi; Malamiton, municipality of Ampatuan; and Idtig, municipality of Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. LapeAa said the four barangays were proclaimed drug-free after careful and thorough validation by different government agencies and the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing.

Meanwhile, PDEA said six barangays in Datu Odin Sinsuat town are now drug-free.

Barangays Neketan, Dulangan, Bagoenged, Sapalan, Bitu and Tanuel, all in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, were also proclaimed drug-cleared after careful and thorough validation by different government agencies and the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Operations on June 1, 2017, said LapeAa.

A drug-cleared barangay as defined by Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017, otherwise known as Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program, is a barangay that was previously drug-affected and subjected to drug-clearing operations, and declared drug-free under the parameters established by the DDB.

Drug-cleared barangays have the responsibility to maintain the status, LapeAa added.

The Municipal Oversight Committee is headed by Regional Director Juvenal Azurin of PDEA Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-ARMM), with representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) and Local Government Unit (LGU) as members.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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