PDEA, PPPO declare Natividad town drug-cleared

October 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

NATIVIDAD- This agricultural town in the 6th District of the province was declared drug-clear after it has complied with all the requirements imposed by the Regional and Provincial Oversight Committee.

The other drug-cleared local government units  in Pangasinan are Alaminos City, Agno, Bani, Dasol and San Nicolas.

The official declaration was done in a simple ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Provincial Health Office, Department of Health (DOH), and 6th District Board Member Noel C. Bince.

PDEA Provincial Officer Dexter Asayco said the town had 16 drug affected barangays  and 100 self-confessed drug surrenderers.

“ The towns of Burgos and Anda will be declared as drug-clear municipalities next week,” Asayco said.

He also said validation cannot be extended if the drug-cleared towns as declared by the provincial oversight committee are unable to complete the documents.

“ The provincial oversight committee shall issue certification of the whereabouts of the drug personalities and the sangguniang bayans (town councils) shall also issue resolutions for the declaration of the towns as drug-cleared,” Asayco said.

OIC Regional Director Marvin Tavares of PDEA Region I also said the local government units have to certify and account for the whereabouts of all drug surrenderers.

“ Of the 1,257 drug affected barangays in Pangasinan, 405 barangays were already declared drug-cleared leaving 852 barangays to be still affected with illegal drugs,” Tavares said.

Police Chief Inspector Christopher Natnat, Pangasinan Deputy Police Communications Relations Chief said there are already 35 towns in the province that have been cleared of illegal drugs but are still subject to the validation of the regional Oversight Committee.

Bince has urged all communities in his district and the entire province to continue cooperating with the PDEA, and police authorities in the campaign to fully eradicate the illegal drugs problem.

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