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3 towns lead Bohol's drug-clearing drive

Philippine Information Agency
22 Jan 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

CORTES, Bohol, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Of the 47 towns and one city in Bohol, three towns lead the list of attaining an almost perfect number of drug-cleared barangays, a report shared at the recent Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) and the Provincial peace and Order Council (PPOC) joint meeting showed.

HIGH VALUE TARGET. Police identified Jonar Cutamora, Evander Chatto and Lorenzo Jaculba as high value targets in the government's anti illegal drugs campaign, all of them nabbed in an operation on the evening of January 08, 2020 in Brgy. Danao, Panglao, Bohol. The suspects yielded a total of 110 grams of shabu with Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of Php 748,000.00. The growing volume of drugs in the streets would have made Bohol struggle to be drug-cleared anytime soon. (PIABohol/photo from BPPO)

The towns of Calape, Jagna, and Valencia each scored 97 percent in the Regional Oversight Committees (ROC) Drug Clearing program.

Calape cleared 32 of their 33 barangays, while Jagna cleared 32 of their 33 barangays and Valencia cleared 34 of their 35 barangays, according to reports by the Center for Drug Education and Counselling (CDEC) in Bohol.

After the said towns, the drug clearing campaign in Trinidad and Pilar towns come as a strong runner up, each clearing 95 percent of their drug-affected barangays.

Pilar scored a barangay clearance of 20 out of their 21 villages while Trinidad scored in the clearing of 19 of their 21 barangays, according to the same report at the PADAC meeting.

Strong contenders are Lila (17 cleared of 18 barangays) and Batuan, where 14 of the 15 barangays are now ROC certified drug-free.

During the joint council meetings held Jan. 16, 2020 at the new Capitol Building, citing police undated reports, CDEC authorities also bared that 11 municipalities in Bohol have not achieved high marks in the war on illegal drugs.

The Philippine National Police, which tallies the drug clearing accomplishment of the ROC, bared that Bien Unido, Carmen, Corella, Cortes, Inabanga, Loay, Mabini, Panglao, Sagbayan, San Miguel and Ubay have scored nil in the campaign to clear their barangays of the drug menace, from 2017 until the present.

In the heated campaign against illegal drugs, authorities at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Bohol have disclosed that the trickling supply of drugs then has caused the increase in street price and the police supply reduction operations have choked the channels working as drugs conduits.

At the same time, police and other allied authorities who are acting on their mandates in support of the national anti-drugs campaign horned on the menace that has hounded the future of the youth, recent reports bare that drug supplies in the streets have come back.

At the joint meeting, police authorities said they arrested an average of two drug personalities a day in 2019 in their 566 operations.

These arrests confiscated a total of 7.6 kilos of dangerous drugs with a Dangerous Drugs Board street value of P52 million, all in a year's time.

And as to the drug clearing operations, while the Bohol CEDEC reports the capacitation of 47 towns and Tagbilaran City on Handling the Psycho social services for Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUD), and 48 of the 48 towns being trained in the barangay Rehabilitation and Referral Desk, barangay drug clearing is still at 36 percent of the 1,109 barangays in Bohol.

When the drug clearing operations started in June 2018, the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) - a multi-agency committee assessing the presence or absence of drugs in a locality - has cleared 321 barangays.

But ROC has since added only 63 more barangays cleared until Nov. 29, 2019.

Of the 1109 barangays, the ROC has only cleared 394 barangays, or nearly 36 percent.

And as some municipalities ventured into ways of creatively packaging a system that works to fast track the clearing of their drug-affected barangays, 11 towns in Bohol still register zero percent drug clearing program.

In clearing drug-affected barangays, the ROC follows DDB Board Resolution Number 3, Series of 2017 and is guided by the criteria stated as the program's implementing rules.

It also entails communities getting vigilant and watching each other, while local leaders innovate and creatively adopt ways to facilitate and hasten the screening, CEDEC's Dr. Cesar Tomas said. (rahc/PIA7 Bohol)

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