THE local government unit (LGU) of San Simon, through the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), intensified its implementation of anti-illegal drug measures in an aim to clear its barangays of dangerous drugs.
During the Joint Municipal Peace and Order Council and MADAC meeting held Tuesday, March 13, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) information officer for Central Luzon Glenn Guillermo discussed the guidelines on the clearing of villages of illegal drugs.
Guillermo also shared to the participants the proper operation of community-based drug rehabilitation in pursuant with the Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 4, Series of 2016 which intends to guide the local government and other stakeholders in responding to the rehabilitation needs of drug surrenderees.
“As the agency responsible for all anti-illegal drug operations of the government, we discuss these concerns with our local officials so they are aware of the right processes and legal procedures. Since they also do drug-clearing operations in barangays, we imparted to them the proper guidelines and template on declaring a village drug-cleared,” he said.
Chief Inspector German Pascua II, San Simon town police chief, said the local government and police here regularly holds joint meetings to discuss peace and order concerns.
However, he underscored that the local government and police here are more focused on formally stamping out the existence of illegal drugs in the communities and declare its barangays as drug-cleared.
“Our focus now is to clear barangays of drugs. So far we are successful in maintaining peace and order and the rehabilitation of drug surrenderees at Bahay Pagbabago. What Mayor Wong wants now is to complete the documentation so we can make declarations already,” he said.
Pascua said the guidelines shared by PDEA Central Luzon would be helpful in hitting their target of declaring at least three barangays as drug-cleared before the first quarter of the year ends.