Close to half of the nation’s barangays nationwide are still thought of to be drug-affected, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) revealed over the weekend.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña mentioned that at current, out of 42,036 barangays within the nation, 49.65 % are thought of drug-affected which interprets to a complete of 20,872 barangays.
The consolidated information was gathered from operational experiences of PDEA Operating Units and different regulation enforcement companies.
“Out of these barangays, 66.7 percent or 13,920 are classified as slightly affected, 32.3 percent or 6,744 barangays are moderately affected, while the remaining one percent or 208 barangays are seriously affected”, Lapeña defined.
A barangay is claimed to be drug-affected when there’s a reported presence of drug consumer, pusher, producer, marijuana cultivator or different drug persona, drug den, marijuana plantation, clandestine drug laboratory, and services associated to manufacturing of unlawful medication.
There are three classifications in figuring out barangay drug-affectation: barely affected, reasonably affected, and severely affected.
Barangays are thought of barely affected if there’s a reported presence of drug consumer/s; reasonably affected if there’s a reported presence of drug pusher/s and/or consumer/s; and severely affected if there’s a reported presence of any of the next: clandestine drug laboratory, warehouse, marijuana plantation and drug den/tiangge, drug trafficking or smuggling actions, and drug personalities (i.e. customers, pushers, financiers, protectors, cultivators, producers and others).
The National Capital Region (NCR) has the best fee of barangay drug-affectation with 96.48 %, adopted by Region XIII at 86.58 % and Region IX at 86.29 %. The area least affected by the drug menace is the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at three.49 %.
Earlier, PDEA mentioned complete of four,801 barangays have been declared cleared from unlawful medication from July 2016 to June 2017.
These barangays have reached drug-cleared standing after issuance of a certification by members of the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.
The Oversight Committee, which is chaired by PDEA, consists of provincial representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) and native authorities models.
“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,” Lapeña famous.
The declaration is pursuant to the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as supplied in Section eight, DDB Board Regulation No. three Series of 2017, in any other case referred to as “Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug-Clearing Program”.
On June 2, 2017, Batanes has earned the excellence of being the nation’s first province proclaimed drug-free.
“The Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) composed of 39 member-agencies aims to clear 5,272 barangays before the year ends. If we can sustain the pace, ridding the country’s drug problem in the next four years is very much doable,” the PDEA chief mentioned. (PNA)