PDEA: 4,747 barangays now drug-free

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Manila, Philippines – Sometime in October, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency announced that at least 3, 500 barangays or 8.4 percent of the total number of villages in the country are declared drug-free.

On the first week of December, PDEA reported that there are now 4,747 out of 42, 036 barangays in the Philippines have been announced as drug-free.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino have disclosed the information through #RealNumbers monthly update.

“These barangays have reached drug-cleared status after issuance of a certification by members of the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Program,” Aquino said.

The declaration was made after the Oversite Committee validated the absence of drugs, shabu laboratories, drug dens, users and pushers as well as other forms of illegal drugs in the area.

“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,” Dir. Gen. Aquino added.

There are three basic patterns of how a barangay is affected of drugs; slightly affected, moderately affected, and seriously affected.

 A barangay is considered slightly affected if there is a reported presence of user(s) are drug personality in barangays; moderately affected if there is a reported presence of user(s) and pusher(s) are drug personality of a barangay; while the seriously affected are those barangays with drug laboratory, den, dive or resort, marijuana plantation in the community.

PDEA also reported that 118,287 individuals involved in illegal drugs were arrested from July 2016 to November 2017.

Among the said figures 435 were government workers– 185 of them are elected officials, 42 uniformed personnel, and 208 government employees.

Source: PNA

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