TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 20 (PIA) - Six villages in this city will receive cash incentives from the local government for being declared as drug-cleared barangays by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing program .
Mayor Jefferson Soriano urges barangays that were declared drug-cleared to maintain their status. (PIA)
Barangays Centro 3, Centro 7, Centro 8, Cataggaman Viejo, Tagga and Gosi Sur will receive cash incentives from the city government according to Mayor Jefferson Soriano during the formal declaration program on June 19, 2019. Earlier, Barangays Gosi Norte and Centro 6 were declared drug-cleared on Jan. 10.
Soriano said the city government will give P500,000 cash incentive to the first five drug-cleared barangays and P300,000 for the succeeding barangays to motivate them to sustain their status.
The mayor said, the first five barangays will be determined on the basis of the date of submission and approval of the barangay anti-drug program plans to the city government.
"To ensure the sustainability of this status, we will give the cash incentives in a yearly basis. We are also hopeful that the eight barangays will serve as inspiration to the other 41 barangays," Soriano said.
For his part, Police Lt. Col. George Cablarda, chief of police, said the eight barangays should really maintain their drug-cleared status as they will lose it once they failed to maintain being drug-cleared.
PLtCol. Gorge Cablarda, chief of police, reveals that drug supply in the city already decreasing. (PIA)
The eight barangays have complied with the requirements set under Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation Number 3, Series of 2017 such as free from illegal drug activities that include non-availability of drug supply in the area, absence of drug transit activity, clandestine drug laboratory and chemical warehouse, marijuana cultivation site, drug den, drug pusher and user.
Cablarda added that there are more potential barangays that can be declared as drug-cleared, however, the officials have yet to complete the required documents needed for the declaration, especially the data base of the drug surrenderers and the location and activities of the "tokhang" responders.
The chief of police added, though the city is not yet totally free of illegal drugs, there is downtrend in the supply as observed in their buy-bust operations.
The activity was attended by members of the oversight committee such as representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Health (DOH). (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)