MALABON CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared six more barangays in Malabon City as drug-cleared.
According to the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Drugs, headed by the agency, these barangays include Baritan, Dampalit, Ibaba, Muzon, Niugan, and San Agustin.
This brings the number of drug-cleared areas to nine, making the city 43-percent free from the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city.
PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said at least 11,080 out of the 42,044 barangays – or 26.35 percent – in the country have been declared drug-cleared as of January 31 this year.
Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta II recognized these towns during a brief ceremony held at the city amphitheater recently.
Barangay Chairmen Noel Toledo (Baritan), Carlo Jay Dumalaog (Dampalit), Genaro Bernardo (Ibaba), Rizalito De Guzman (Niugan), Ricky Bernardo (also former city Councilor, San Agustin) and Brgy. Kgds. Ace Escueta and Ruby Guerrero of Muzon received their respective citations co-awarded by City Councilor Bernard Dela Cruz and Malabon Police Chief PSSupt. Jessie Tamayao.
City of Malabon Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CMADAC) Action Officer John Vrix Sarmiento said the local government’s continuing campaign efforts were fruitful in moving Malabon atop Metro-Manila cities with most number of drug cleared barangays.
These Malabon villages add up to Barangays Concepcion, Flores and Panghulo which were given similar citation in January this year.
Carreon explained that for barangays to be declared free from illegal drug activities, the ICAD convenes and validates non-availability of drug supply in the area as well as the absence of drug transit activities, clandestine drug laboratories and chemical warehouses, marijuana cultivation sites, drug dens, drug pushers and users.
Meanwhile, the PDEA, along with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO), conducted training-orientation on community sectors of Malabon including leaders of city transport sectors and several homeowners associations last month.
Facilitated by the CMADAC, these activities coupled the continuing preventive forums in Malabon Drug-Awareness and Consciousness Campaign throughout the city.
In coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PDEA and DDB constantly monitor results of such ongoing anti-drug activities.