EIGHTEEN barangays in Davao Oriental were cleared from drugs as declared by the regional oversight committee on illegal drugs after completing all the parameters to be declared drug free.
Police Superintendent Ferlito Jose Mejia, DOPPO Deputy Provincial Director for Administration said there are a total of 183 barangays in Davao Oriental and 9.83 percent of which were already declared as drug free.
These barangays are Don Martin Marundan in Mati City, Puntalinao and Cabangcalan in Banaybanay, Bagumbayan in Lupon, Bitaogan, Sto. Rosario, Dugmanon and La Union in San Isidro, Don Aurelio Chicote and Sergio Osmeña in Governor Generoso, Tomoaong and Tubaon in Tarragona, Old Macopa in Manay, San Antonio in Caraga, Campawan in Baganga, San Rafael in Cateel, and San Jose and Sibahay in Boston.
Mejia said there is also another set of 39 barangays that were already cleared by the provincial oversight committee and is set to be submitted to the regional level to finally declare as drug-free.
Before being declared as drug free, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead agency for illegal drugs, said parameters must be seen on barangays such as the non-availability of drug supply, absence of drug transit or transshipment activity, absence of clandestine drug laboratory clandestine drug warehouse, and clandestine chemical warehouse, absence of marijuana cultivation site, absence of drug den; dive or resort, and absence of drug pushers, drug users or dependents, protectors or coddlers, and financier.
The Oversight Committee is composed of PDEA Regional Director who is the Chairperson and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director as the Vice Chairperson, together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Local Government Unit (LGU) Local Chief Executives (LCE) or a representative appointed by the LCE, and Treatment and Rehabilitation Center DOH.
Since the start of the campaign against illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, DOPPO tallied a total of 8,687 drug surrenderers of which, 5,450 subjected themselves to undergo screening and assessment by the Municipality Health Office.
Mejia said that that they are on track of encouraging the other 3,237 who did not undergo screening to get themselves tested.
He cited factors which resulted to the variance were surrenderers are hesitant or transferred to other cities. He said that they are still monitoring the drug surrenderers’ activities to check if they are still involve in illegal drugs.
"We are not stopping in order to clear the barangay,” he said.
He added that there is an ongoing rehabilitation center now in Davao Oriental, the first community rehabilitation funded by the Provincial government located in 701st Infantry Brigade in Sitio Magay, Barangay Don Martin Marundan which will help in assisting the bulk of surrenderers.