(Zambo City lagging behind with only 2 drug-free barangays)103 barangays in Sibugay, Zambo Sur are now drug-free PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 June 2018 18:00

By Dan Toribio

A total of 103 barangays in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga Del Sur were declared recently drug-cleared and drug-free communities by the Regional Oversight Committee.

According to the Regional Oversight Committee, all these barangays have been declared as drug-cleared and drug free after successfully accomplishing the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) as provided in Section 8, DDB Board Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017, otherwise known as “Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.”

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Information Officer, said that during the ceremonial declaration program that were held in Tungawan Gymnasium, Poblacion, Tungawan and Imelda Gymnasium, Poblacion, Imelda, both in Zamboanga Sibugay on June 14 where no less than Governor Wilter Yap Palma was the guest of honor and speaker, at least 34 barangays were declared drug-cleared and drug-free. For Tungawan there were 11barangays, in Titay 2 barangays, Buug 6 barangays, Diplahan 3 barangays, Imelda  6 barangays, Naga 2 barangays, Siay 2 barangays and Oluntanga 3 barangays.

Meanwhile, 69 barangays in Zamboanga Del Sur were also declared drug-cleared and these are located in the municipalities of Bayog, Lakewood, Tigbao, Dumalinao and Josefina, all in Zamboanga Del Sur Province.

Governor Antonio Cerilles was guest of honor during the simple program conducted for the declaration of the said drug-cleared and drug-free barangays.

These are the Five barangays in Bayog, 12 barangays in Lakewood, 17 barangays in Tigbao, 16 barangays in Dumalinao, 14 barangays in Josefina and 5 barangays in Labangan.

Officials present during the programs were Director Laurefel P Gabales, Regional Director of PDEA9 and Chairman of Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Operations; Police Superintendent Alikhan A Yusop, Officer-in-Charge of RPCRD, Police Regional Office 9 and Director Paisal O Abutazil, CESO III, Regional Director of DILG 9, and the mayors of the municipalities with respective MADAC and BADAC and the Chiefs of Police.

Galvez added that Gabales, disclosed that the drug-cleared barangays will still be subjected to re-validation and if the committee will find out that there are still drug users and pushers still operating at the above-mentioned barangays, the Regional Oversight Committee will recall the declaration and they will not be a drug-cleared barangay anymore.

In declaring an area drug-free, the PDEA and the Philippine National Police consider factors such as non-availability of illegal drugs, absence of illegal drug transshipment activity, absence of clandestine illegal drug laboratory, absence of clandestine illegal drug warehouse, absence of clandestine illegal chemical warehouse, absence of marijuana cultivation site, absence of drug den, absence of drug pushers, absence of drug users/dependents, absence of protectors/coddlers and financiers.

The Regional Oversight Committee led by the PDEA9, is composed of provincial representatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and local government units. –

Meanwhile, DZT gathered that in Zamboanga City, only two out of the city’s 98 barangays were declared as drug-free up to the present.

Compared to the neighboring cities of Isabela and Lamitan, and the provinces of Sibugay, Zamboanga Del Sur and Basilan, Zamboanga City is lagging very much behind.

The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), which is chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Office are set to call the attention of the different barrangays here in the city regarding the status of their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in their respective barangay.

Reports received by DZT show that majority of the city’s 98 barangays are yet to come up with a functional or doable BADAC.

The DILG central office has reiterated its stern warning that barangays which failed to come up with a comprehensive BADAC shall be subjected to disciplinary sanctions suck as the filing of administrative cases and possible suspension from their elected posts.--  Dan Toribio