Sarangani town declared drug-free

MANILA-- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) announced that the municipality of Glan in Sarangani province has been cleared of illegal drugs.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. LapeAa issued the statement following simple rites last June 3, 2017 in JLC Building, Glan Municipal Hall, Poblacion, Glan, Sarangani.

The event was witnessed by Hon. Victor James Yap, Mayor of the Municipality of Glan, Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro of PDEA ROXII, PSSUPT Leonardo Suan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PRO12, PSUPT Amante Suriaga, Deputy Provincial Director for Administration of Sarangani Police Provincial Office, PCI Neil Sally Wadingan, Chief of Police and Mr. Narciso Beciera of DILG Sarangani.

The municipality of Glan, was proclaimed drug-free after complying with the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drugs Board (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, LapeAa said.

All 31 barangays of the town have reached drug-cleared status after members of the Oversight Committee composed of representative of PDEA, DILG, the PNP, DOH and local government units have convened and validated the non-availability of drug supply in the area and the absence of drug transit activity, clandestine drug laboratory, clandestine drug warehouse, clandestine chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den or resort, drug pusher and drug user.

In Region 12, Glan is the first municipality to follow all the procedure and have complied with all the documents set forth by the DDB regulation in the drug-clearing operation process, LapeAa said.

Pursuant to Section 11 of the said DDB regulation, in the event that there are new reports of any illegal drug activities, the status of the concerned cleared barangay shall not be automatically reverted to drug affected barangay. Upon verification of the Oversight Committee, the concerned barangay shall be given 30 days to take appropriate action and failure to do so shall be a ground to declare the concerned barangay as 'drug-affected' and will be subjected again to barangay drug-clearing operations.

We are very glad that the Municipality of Glan, known for its beach resorts and excellent food, is free from illegal drugs. It will be a big boost to the growing tourism industry of the place, the PDEA chief said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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