TABUK City, Kalinga -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to declare the province of Kalinga as drug-free on February 6 simultaneous with the opening of a haven for drug-surrenderees at the old provincial jail.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Digna Dalutag said Assistant Secretary Antonio Hernandez of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be the guest of honor during the twin activities.

It can be recalled that 114 of the 152 total barangays in Kalinga are affected by drugs at the start of the intensified war on drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.

At the end of 2016, concerted efforts of the police, local officials, community people, the Church and civil societies in curbing the drug menace gained positive result with the overwhelming response of pushers and marijuana planters to stop their illegal trade and drug users to surrender.

The provincial government will open the old provincial jail here to serve as haven for drug surrenderees.

Kalinga Provincial Police chief Senior Superintendent Brent Madjaco said drug surrenderees locked up at the crowded Bureau of Jail Management and Penology jail center will be transferred to said former jail wards.

Kalinga’s declaration as drug free province is also a result of the organization of 113 Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Illigal na Droga or Masa-Masid. (Peter Balocnit/PIA–CAR)