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26k barangays cleared from clutches of drug abuse

A lady was arrested in a drug bust.

THE whole of nation approach against illegal drugs through the Barangay Drug Clearing Program has successfully cleared 26,244 drug-affected barangays or 74.23% of the 35,356 barangays tagged as drug-affected.

Of all 42,046 barangays in the country, 35,356 had been previously declared as drug affected of which 26,244 or 74.23% have already been declared as drug cleared from July 2016 to November 2022.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin lauded the collective efforts of government agencies especially those who work devotedly and diligently for this notable achievement.

Azurin said that from July 1, 2022 to November 1, 2022, 403 more barangays were declared drug cleared by Regional Oversight Committees.

Of the 35,356 drug-affected barangays, 17,079 are classified as slightly affected, 17,860 are moderately affected, while 417 are seriously affected.

Cagayan Valley region has the highest recorded drug cleared barangay with 94.41 percent, followed by Cordillera Region at 94.36 percent, MIMAROPA at 93.95 percent, Eastern Visayas at 93.09 percent, and SOCCSKSARGEN at 88.25 percent.

A Barangay is classified as “affected” if there is presence of a Person Who Used Drugs (PWUDs); moderately affected if there’s a presence of drug pushers and Person Who Used Drugs (PWUDs); and seriously affected if there is a reported existence of any of the following: clandestine drug laboratory, warehouse, marijuana plantation, and drug den/”tiangge”, drug trafficking or smuggling activities, and drug personalities such as users, pushers, financiers, protectors, cultivators, and manufacturers.

“The PNP in coordination and partnership with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) along with Local Government Units (LGUs), other government agencies and stakeholders in the community remains committed to clear the remaining 9,112 or 25.77 % barangays in the coming years”, Azurin said.

“Rest assured that the entire police force is always ready to extend assistance during the implementation of intervention and rehabilitation programs for drug users in order to help them to become productive citizens again when they are re-integrated to the community”, Azurin added.

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