CITY OF MALOLOS – In one with the nation in the aim to have an illegal drugs-free Philippines, the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) through the Provincial Administrator’s Office alongside the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police joined forces in encouraging barangay officials to intensify their campaign against illegal drugs as well as the activities related to it.
The Barangay Dialogue, which was held at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city yesterday, was attended by barangay captains, councilors and secretaries from the 569 barangays in the province wherein Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado appealed to them to work hand in hand with the government in eradicating the problem on illegal drugs and to focus on the real issue in order to solve it fair and square.
“Dapat ay naka-focus po tayo sa katotohanan dahil the truth will set us free. Ang ating bansa noon pa man ay problema ang kahirapan, subalit ito po ay nag-ugat na sa kriminalidad, graft and corruption at nag-ugat sa droga. Alam po natin na sa ating mga barangay, gusto man natin o hindi, ay infiltrated po tayo sa droga,” Alvarado said.
The governor also ensured the attendees of his support as long as they are also willing to participate in making their communities a safe place to live in for their constituents.
After the dialogue, Certificates of Drug Cleared Barangay were given to seven barangays in San Rafael, Bulacan including Brgys. Paco, Maasim, Pasong Bangkal, Banca-banca, Dagat-dagatan, Pinac-pinacan and Diliman II. Prior to this, Brgy. Magmarale in San Miguel, Bulacan was firstly given the said certificate.
The said certificates were issued based on the following parameters set by PDEA: non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit/transshipment activity; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; absence of clandestine drug warehouse; absence of clandestine chemical warehouse; absence of marijuana cultivation site; absence of drug den, dive or resort; absence of drug pusher; absence of drug user/dependent; absence of protector/coddler and financer; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; active involvement of
SK to help maintain the drug liberated status of the barangay; existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information, and other related programs; and existence of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.
Alvarado said that other remaining barangays can also be cleared with illegal drugs problem if they will strive hard and be vigilant in promoting and implementing the programs and advocacies against illegal drugs which will result to a drug-free community.
Meanwhile, Regional Director Atty. Gil T. Pabilona of the PDEA Regional Office 3 has appealed to the local government officials and other public servants for their active participation in the campaign against illegal drugs through reporting of illegal drug activities and suspicious looking personalities and facilities in the neighborhood. He added that identities of those who will report said illegal activities will not be disclosed. He also discussed the topic on Drug Clearing.
Also, Mr. Herminio “Bobbit” Diño from the Office of the Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs represented DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño as the guest of honor and delivered inspiring message about the important role of parents and barangay officials in the fight against illegal drugs in the communities.