PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) assistant regional director Allan Lloyd Leano pointed out during the recent Regional Development, Peace and Order Council quarterly gathering that shabu remains the leading drug of choice by users, followed by marijuana.
This, even as 66 barangays in the Cordillera Administrative Region are now being validated by the anti-illegal drugs agency for the possible resurgence of illegal drug use and trading.
Shabu is the local name for methamphetamine hydrochloride.
“The current price or street value of shabu is pegged at P5,000 to P6,000 pesos per gram or P16,000 to P18,500 per bulk, while the price of marijuana today is at P120 to P220 per gram or P2,500 to P10,750 kilo,” Leano said.
Among the areas in the region affected by drugs as of December 31, 2016, Baguio City registered 124 barangays with 118 cleared, and to date, only six remain to be affected by drugs.
Apayao’s 102 barangays were cleared while Benguet’s has only two remaining. Kalinga’s 114 earlier reported to be drug affected.
Based on reports gathered by PDEA Cordillera, the supply line of shabu entering the region comes from the Calabarzon, National Capital Region, New Bilibid Prison, Central Luzon and Pangasinan.
PDEA added supply and plantation sites of marijuana supplying other parts of the country remains to be in the tri-boundary of Ilocos Sur, La Union and Bakun and Kibungan in Benguet, Tinglayan in Kalinga, Sadanga in Mountain Province, and in Tinoc, Ifugao.
“Despite this data, the drug problem in the region remains to be manageable. A continuous information campaign is being implemented by the PDEA and the PNP particularly in the barangay area, which is considered to be the most vulnerable in terms of drug affection,” Leano added. (Jonathan Llanes)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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