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PDEA: 64 villages in city now drug-cleared

Four more barangays in the city are now cleared from illegal drugs this year, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI said.

With this, the city now has 64 drug-free barangays, reducing the drug-affected barangays to 118.
Nephi Noli Dimaandal, PDEA XI spokesperson, yesterday said the barangays of Saloy in Calinan District and Inayangan in Marilog District were declared drug-cleared last Nov. 11. The barangays of Sirib and Dacudao, both in Calinan District, were declared last May 30.

Dimaandal said under Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3 series of 2017, a barangay may be declared as “drug-cleared” if there is non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug den, pusher, user; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information; and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the DDB regulation also prescribes the three-phase clearing of drug-affected barangays starting with the “pre-operation phase” or laying of groundwork and bases for effective and sustainable clearing operations.

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