No more drugs

176 villages in Davao Region now clear: PDEA

THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI yesterday revealed that they already declared 176 barangays in the region as free from illegal drugs.

Atty. Behn Joseph Tesiorna, the legal counsel of PDEA XI, told reporters yesterday in the AFP-PNP press briefing held at Davao City Police Office’s conference room that as of June 2018, they were able to clear 176 or 32.71% of the 538 total number of affected barangays in Southern Mindanao.
In Davao del Norte, 38 barangays have already been declared as drug-free, Davao del Sur has 35 villages, Davao Oriental has 57 barangays, Compostela Valley has 34, and Davao Occidental has 22 communities.
However, the PDEA has yet to clear one barangay in Davao City as free from drugs.
“This is because we are trying to figure out how to iron out the mechanics of the Office of the City Mayor,” Tesiorna said.
He said the mayor wanted a full assessment of the barangays previously declared as drug-free that have suffered a relapse.
“What are the remedies available?” he said. “She wants that before the said barangay will be declared drug-cleared, all the contingency measures should be in place.”
But he said they already recommended that barangays Langub and Lamanan be declared as drug-free. He said 122 barangays in the city are under their watchlist for the widespread use and sale of illicit drugs, specifically shabu.
As of June 2018, the office already arrested 75 drug suspects. Nine of them were considered as high- value targets.
Based on their record, 241.51 grams of shabu worth P2,898,120 and 3,456 grams of marijuana worth P414,720 were seized this month alone. Also, based on their assessment, the volume of drugs in the region was reduced 30% since the intensified war on drugs of President Duterte.
“The drug supply in the city decreased and is now concentrated in the provinces,” he said.
Pursuant to the parameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) regulation No. 3, Series of 2017, “a drug-cleared barangay is defined as a previously affected barangay, subjected to drug-clearing operation, and was declared free from any illegal drug activities by the oversight committee.”
The committee is composed of the PDEA, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Department of Health and the local government unit concerned.