DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan Police Office announced today that 78 percent of all the barangays in Pangasinan are now cleared of illegal drug activities.
Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy police director for operations, said out of the 1,296 drug-affected barangays, 1,010 have been cleared as of January 17, 2017.
“We are positive na maki-clear natin and buong Pangasinan sa illegal drugs sa katapusan ng Pebrero dahil 78 percent na and cleared and this is a good indicator na kakayanin natin,“ Candelario said during the KBP Forum on Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte gave the PNP until February 2017 to clear the country of illegal drugs and illegal drug activities. This was an extension to the December 2016 deadline.
Candelario said the eastern town of Natividad may soon be declared drug-free after all the certifications would be granted. Alaminos City may follow if the lone affected village, Barangay Poblacion, would be cleared of illegal drug activities.
Pangasinan has 1,364 barangays and Sto. Tomas is the only town in the province to be declared drug-free even before the Oplan Double Barrel rolled. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)