2 villages in Antique capital town now ‘drug-cleared’

2 villages in Antique capital town now ‘drug-cleared’

DRUG-CLEARED. The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Operation in its deliberation on Sept. 22 declared two barangays in San Jose de Buenavista as drug-cleared. Mayor Elmer Untaran on Friday (Sept. 25,2020) said there is only one out their 28 barangays left to be declared drug-cleared before the year ends. (Photo courtesy of San Jose de Buenavista LGU)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The mayor here is optimistic that their municipality would be declared as drug-cleared before the end of 2020.

In an interview Friday, Mayor Elmer Untaran said the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Operation (ROCBDCO) has declared as drug cleared barangays 4 and Badiang.

This raises the number of drug-cleared barangays in San Jose to 27 as 25 were cleared last year.

Untaran said only Barangay 8 remains to be declared as drug-cleared.

He said there is one drug personality whom they are now convincing to surrender and undergo the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) so that Barangay 8 will be declared drug-cleared.

“The campaign against illegal drugs is my advocacy that is why I am thankful that San Jose de Buenavista will sooner become a drug-cleared community,” he said.

The two barangays declared as drug-cleared, including Barangay 8, are considered moderately affected barangays.

Untaran said the ROCBDCO is composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Health that assesses and validates the drug proliferation in the barangays.

The ROCBDCO validated some documentary requirements to look into whether the barangay has a functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and has allocated funds for their anti-drug abuse programs.

Untaran said barangays 4 and Badiang have functional BADAC. (PNA)

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