PDEA-10: More than half of NorMin villages now drug-free

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/05:20:32pm 04/08/2021


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PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva


THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) said Tuesday, March 23, it is aiming to increase the number of drug-free villages in the region after more than half of the total barangays in Northern Mindanao have been cleared of narcotics.

PDEA-10: More than half of NorMin villages now drug-free



By Jigger J. Jerusalem



THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-10 (PDEA-10) said Tuesday, March 23, it is aiming to increase the number of drug-free villages in the region after more than half of the total barangays in Northern Mindanao have been cleared of narcotics.



Based on its report, the PDEA-10 has declared 1,199 out of 2,022 barangays, or 63.34 percent, in the region as free of illegal drugs.



“We are working hard to increase the number of drug-free barangays, with the help of local government units,” said Rose Bajao, PDEA-10 information officer, in a phone interview.



The drug-cleared barangays included nine villages in Cagayan de Oro; Iligan City, 11; Misamis Oriental, 178; Bukidnon, 246; Lanao del Norte, 305; Misamis Occidental, 3994; and Camiguin, 56.



Aside from the barangays, the agency has also declared 21 jail facilities in Northern Mindanao as cleared of illegal drugs.



To intensify its anti-drug campaign, PDEA-10 has conducted lectures and seminars on preventive education.



The number of individuals who have attended these information campaign has already reached 199,758 for both face-to-face and online activities.



For their part, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 facilitated the training of 35 officers of Resistance Education Against Drugs for the Youth (Ready), and 11,178 youth who were trained for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (Dare).



Also, PNP-10 has recorded 112 anti-illegal drug police operations, from March 1 to 22, where 133 persons were arrested and P3.5 million worth of shabu (516.724 grams) was seized in the region.



To further aid the government in the fight against illegal drugs, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-10 (Tesda-10) facilitated the conduct of alternative learning of 101 drug dependents for February to March.



As of March 22, there are 104 drug dependent surrenderers who were able to complete their course from Tesda-10.



In ensuring that local government units (LGUs) will continuously aid in the campaign, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 will conduct the Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Audit and Awards for Audit Year 2019-2020 as well the program rollout for the provinces and highly urbanized cities, April 12-20.


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