Four Villages Declared as Drug-Cleared

Signing and Declaration of Drug-Cleared Barangays in the town of Boston.

DAVAO ORIENTAL—Four more barangays in the province have officially been declared as drug-cleared communities through the intensified efforts of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) and partners from the Philippine National Police and the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Units.

The villages of Sibahay and San Jose in Boston town, Campawan in Baganga town, and San Antonio in Caraga town were declared drug-cleared during the Signing and Declaration of Drug-Cleared Barangays on August 1 and 2.

Signing and Declaration of Drug-Cleared Barangays in Caraga town

Having accomplished the parameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), these villages are among the second batch of barangays declared as drug-cleared following two villages in Tarragona town.

Signing and Declaration of Drug-Cleared Barangays in Baganga town

A total of 14 drug reformists from Barangay Sibahay, 35 in San Jose, 8 in Campawan, and 17 in San Antonio have joined the program on the declaration and signing of drug-cleared barangays, vowing their full cooperation to the province’s fight against illegal drugs.

These drug reformists will undergo a rehabilitation program initiated by the Provincial Government called Lihok NLD (Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental) which pools programs and resources of concerned government agencies and other stakeholders to provide holistic interventions and assistance for recovering drug dependents. This assistance that will be offered to them will range from livelihood, trainings, and psychological treatment, among many others, focusing on the aftercare, transformation, and reintegration support.

PADAC Action Officer and Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong

PADAC Action Officer and Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong said that the Provincial Government envisions that through the province’s Lihok NLD, drug reformists can serve as the mouthpiece of the government in its campaign to increase the public’s awareness on the ills of drugs and to entice their peers who are still into drugs to surrender to the authorities.

Ensuring sustainability of the program, these drug reformists, while undertaking Community-Based Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation will be monitored through a random drug testing, said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Action Officer in the province at the same time Chairman of the Davao Oriental Provincial Oversight Committee, Rey D. Pavillar.

Mayor Arturo Monday, Baganga MADAC Chairman, said that he is eyeing for a sustainable livelihood program that will keep the people occupied. He challenged all reformists and all local stakeholders to maintain their barangay as drug cleared area through an intensified information dissemination campaign on the ill effects of drugs, stressing that the PNP and the PDEA alone cannot do the job without the cooperation of all stakeholders at all levels.

Boston Mayor Rebbeco Rosit and Caraga Mayor Alicia Mori also signified their support to the national and provincial government’s anti-drug campaign.

Under the leadership of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in the Municipal, City and Barangay level are now beefing up their efforts to rid all 183 barangays of the province from drugs, in line with the national government’s bid to completely eradicate illegal drugs in the communities. By Riza M. Golez

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