Isabela City holds orientation on Barangay Drug-Clearing Operations Print
Sunday, 10 September 2017 17:24

Barangay officials and some representatives from other concerned agencies in the city have attended recently an orientation on barangay drug-clearing operations spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of Isabela held at the Infirmary Building in Isabela City.

The activity aims to strengthen the Anti-Drug Abuse Council in the city and act as purveyors to eradicate the use and sale of illegal drugs.

PDEA-9 Regional Director Lyndon Aspacio stressed the directive of the President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the campaign against illegal drugs especially on clearing all barangays to completely dismantle the drug apparatus covering the entire region of Zamboanga Peninsula and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

PDEA Agent Jigger B. Juniller emphasized on the participation of barangays as the first line of defense on the campaign against illegal drugs.

PSUPT Jerome Afuyog Jr, chief of police in Isabela City Police Station presented their accomplishments on Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded or the Anti-Illegal-Drugs Campaign from July 01, 2016 to August 22, 2017.

According to PSUPT Afuyog, there were 1,124 drug users and 136 drug pushers with a total of 1, 260 who personally appeared and surrendered to the Isabela City Police Stations. Among these surrenderers ,35 were government employees, wherein 3 were elected government officials and 32 are member of the law enforcement agencies and 1, 225 were civilians.

Among the 45 barangays in Isabela City, barangays Baluno and Aguada have the highest numbers of surrenderers.

The Isabela Police Station conducted 51 anti-illegal drug operations, which resulted to the arrest of 37 drug users and 62 drug pushers.

The PNP operations have also resulted to the confiscation of 43.9151 grams, 567 sachets and 1 pack of shabu.

During the operations, elements of Isabela City Police Station were able to confiscate 4 firearms from drug users and pushers.

Moreover, PSUPT Afuyog urged the barangay officials to document their involvement in the suppression of drug trafficking and abuse in the city.

The mandatory creation of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) nationwide was also emphasized by both the PDEA and the PNP.

The BADACs were deputized to plan and implement strategic policies and evaluate programs and projects on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the barangay to administer the affairs of the community. (EDT/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with report from Nilda Delos Reyes)